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War As Pretty Heck: A Conversation with David Shields About War Is Beautiful

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 01.13.2017 | Home
Davis Schneiderman

David Shields' collage attack on the New York Times--War Is Beautiful: The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict--is, quite simply, required reading.

David Shields: In His Own Sampled Words

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 07.22.2013 | Home
Davis Schneiderman

"Then the excitement for me in really brilliantly done that the pieces come together as intellectual and emotional investigating. The shards have not only speed and magic, but they have momentum qua excavation."

James Frey Took the Memoir Bullet

Theo Pauline Nestor | Posted 07.17.2011 | Home
Theo Pauline Nestor

I don't think James Frey did the right thing. Ideally, he would have either published the book as fiction or as memoir with a hefty author's note. But it was 2001, and then 2003 and then 2006. It was the times, I'm telling you. It was the times.

Stephen Colbert Author Interview: David Shields, The 'Vanilla Ice Of Novels' On His Book 'Reality Hunger' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

David Shields, the author of the new book "Reality Hunger: A Manifesto," came onto "The Colbert Report" to talk about his book and his quest to free c...

Are Essays Viable in the Twenty-First Century?

Patrick Madden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Patrick Madden

The term essay itself has fallen into disfavor. Just mention the word and watch people's eyes glaze over, hear them stammer out apologetic platitudes and poorly veiled excuses.

In Writing, Art, And Music, Everybody Steals

David Shields | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Shields

The citation of sources belongs to the realms of journalism and scholarship, not art. Citation domesticates the work, flattens it, denudes, it, robs it of its excitement, risk, danger.

Reality Hunger: Shields' Formal Run Down

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Alexandra Juhasz

You could say I "read" David Shield's Reality Hunger yesterday, but as my first nod to the worthy successes (and ballsy failures) of his argument-thro...

David Shields: 'Plots Are For Dead People

The Millions | David Shields | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

We live in a post-narrative, post-novel world. Plots are for dead people. Novelly novels exist, of course, and whenever I'm on a plane, it's all I see...

David Shields: 'The Novel Died On Me'

The Rumpus | Caleb Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

David Shields, author of three novels and seven works of nonfiction, attempts to demolish the foundations of literature in his latest, Reality Hunger:...