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David Shields

Salinger: The Documentary on PBS

Regina Weinreich | Posted 03.23.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

It's fitting that the 200th episode of American Masters on PBS features writer J. D. Salinger, an author so influential it is hard to imagine the course of 20th century American literature without his imprint of lost innocence in the novel The Catcher in the Rye.

An Honest Ghost: A Novel by Rick Whitaker

Filip Noterdaeme | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Filip Noterdaeme

Taken out of their original context and ingeniously recycled into a mosaic of quotations, these sentences now tell a compelling new story that, according to the author, bears a close resemblance to his own life.

"Isolation": A Very Public Playlist for J.D. Salinger

David Wild | Posted 08.21.2013 | Entertainment
David Wild

By virtue of his genius as a writer and the fact that he became a fascinatingly elusive character in his own right, J.D. Salinger remains, even after his death, an absolute somebody. In the weeks ahead, Salinger is posthumously making the kind of splash that he resisted most of his life.

David Shields: In His Own Sampled Words

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 07.22.2013 | Books
Davis Schneiderman

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

The Thing About David Shields and Renata Adler Is...

Peter Finocchiaro | Posted 06.09.2013 | Books
Peter Finocchiaro

Anybody who's kept up with my blog (sup, Mom) knows that I've been reading a little bit of David Shields lately. What you don't know is how totally his books have bowled me over.

Book Review: David Shields -- How Literature Saved My Life

Joel Drucker | Posted 04.08.2013 | Books
Joel Drucker

After one book in first person about an athletic icon and another in-progress about the death of a loved one, I was tired of bleeding on paper. Better to ponder David Shields' How Literature Saved My Life with critical distance.

The Book We're Talking About

Posted 02.04.2013 | Books

How literature saved my life by David Shields Knopf, $25.95 February 4, 2013 What is it about? It is a series of short thoughts, personal essays...

Surprising Day Jobs Of Famous Authors

Posted 12.18.2011 | Books

From Flavorwire All you struggling artists and writers out there, take heart. It may seem like you’re just spinning your wheels at that random jo...

Life Advice From Your Favorite Authors

flavorwire.com | Posted 06.25.2011 | Books

One of our go-to Monday morning reads (seriously, bookmark it) is The Days of Yore, a stellar blog that interviews artists of all stripes about the ti...

The Memoir Dilemma: What's With All These Memoirs?

Jennifer Lauck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennifer Lauck

Memoirs have been called misleading, fraudulent, overly confessional and now are also deemed narratively non-rigorous and too easy to write.

The Writer's Job: Aggravate The Fear Of Death

David Shields | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Shields

What carries you through the day, not to mention the night? Beckett's own answer: he liked to read Dante, watch soccer, and fart.

Book Of The Future? Ander Monson's 'Vanishing Point'

The New York Times | JENNIFER B. MCDONALD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"This is a book," Monson writes on his first page. "It is fixed in time, in space, in print, an artifact." His brain, however, represents "flux, motio...

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

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

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...

David Shields' Reality Hunger: Kicking Ass and Dropping Names (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

David Shields practices what he preaches. Aphorisms in the Nietzsche manner are the coin of the literary realm that surfaces in his manifesto, Reality Hunger.

Are Essays Viable in the Twenty-First Century?

Patrick Madden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
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 | Books
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 | Books

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...