Reality Hunger (E–pub/E–book) Ü David Shields


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  • Reality Hunger
  • David Shields
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  • 23 July 2018
  • 9780141049076

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review Reality Hunger ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub summary è E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ David Shields free download Reality Hunger Ry film TV rap stand up graffiti sampling plagiarism writing and reading In seeking to tear up the. This book made me angry Shields s manifesto is a numbered collection of 618 thoughts and uotes of varying lengths united by one common principle We no longer have time for anything but reality in our literature the old standbys of plot and character are as useful as the horse and buggy Did you know the novel was dead In its place Shields prefers memoir or rather a reframing of the real That s the way Shields describes Tina Fey s SNL portrayal of Sarah Palin and it s also a useful description of the kind of writing that excites him There aren t too many examples provided but broadly stated Shields seems to be looking for a kind of vigorous autobiographical writing that seeks to get some kind of essential truth or insight but where literal truth isn t something anyone is too concerned about Shields isn t that bothered by James Frey the disgraced author of A Million Little Pieces I m not going to bother to find out whether Shields actually wrote the stuff about Frey The comments in the book are presented without attribution or context until a closing appendix which Shields says he was forced to include It seems that Frey s problem wasn t making things up but rather not being vigorous enough in defense of his inventions since the elements of the book Frey fictionalized represented what was true for himThere is no room in Reality Hunger for the social novel experimental fictionor anything other than big fat page turners with those weird portraits of the characters on the inside cover that you find on mass market paperbacks in used bookstores Metaphor symbolism indeed any literary techniue is vaguely prissy here Shields instead calls for a robust engagement with oneself flowery prose and factual accuracy be damned What s wrong with all of this reality Shields misunderstands a couple of simple things about readers and writers Readers first If Frank McCourt or Mary Karr is a friend asking to borrow 20 bucks then Frey is a stranger asking you to float him a hundred because his car broke down and his kid is sick We understand narrative compression and editorial allowances for length and flow instinctively as readers but we have a problem with someone saying they ve been in jail when they haven t Shields finds it delicious that A Million Little Pieces was almost sold as a novel I d argue it demonstrates just how badly Frey wanted attention As for writers Shields who has published two novels can t understand why a writer might need to filter autobiographical elements through a story in order to make sense of them to themselves let alone readers There are as many reasons to tell a story as there are ways to tell it but Shields can t conceive of even something so obvious Reality Hunger comes loaded with blurbs from the likes of Jonathan Lethem Jonathan Raban and Amy Hempel Endorsements aside a book so urgent and tiresome can t be anything than a momentary distraction in the culture The next time Shields wants to take on centuries of literary tradition he might go to the trouble of constructing an argument Project Calisthenics. 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This book made me angry Shields s manifesto is a numbered collection of 618 thoughts and uotes of varying lengths united by one common Same Time Next Year principle We no longer have time for anything but reality in our literature the old standbys of The Everafter plot and character are as useful as the horse and buggy Did you know the novel was dead In its My Own Worst Enemy place Shields Shtetl The Life and Death of a Small Town and the World of Polish Jews prefers memoir or rather a reframing of the real That s the way Shields describes Tina Fey s SNL Siete prioridades de la vida portrayal of Sarah Palin and it s also a useful description of the kind of writing that excites him There aren t too many examples Planets Stars and Orbs The Medieval Cosmos 1200 1687 provided but broadly stated Shields seems to be looking for a kind of vigorous autobiographical writing that seeks to get some kind of essential truth or insight but where literal truth isn t something anyone is too concerned about Shields isn t that bothered by James Frey the disgraced author of A Million Little Pieces I m not going to bother to find out whether Shields actually wrote the stuff about Frey The comments in the book are Little Raindrop presented without attribution or context until a closing appendix which Shields says he was forced to include It seems that Frey s More Latin Readings problem wasn t making things up but rather not being vigorous enough in defense of his inventions since the elements of the book Frey fictionalized represented what was true for himThere is no room in Reality Hunger for the social novel experimental fictionor anything other than big fat Learning AV Foundation page turners with those weird The Invisible College What a Group of Scientists Has Discovered About UFO Influences on the Human Race portraits of the characters on the inside cover that you find on mass market Transforming Church Bringing Out the Good to Get to Great Blank paperbacks in used bookstores Metaphor symbolism indeed any literary techniue is vaguely Sembilan Mata Hati prissy here Shields instead calls for a robust engagement with oneself flowery Dr Hook and Me prose and factual accuracy be damned What s wrong with all of this reality Shields misunderstands a couple of simple things about readers and writers Readers first If Frank McCourt or Mary Karr is a friend asking to borrow 20 bucks then Frey is a stranger asking you to float him a hundred because his car broke down and his kid is sick We understand narrative compression and editorial allowances for length and flow instinctively as readers but we have a Scars Run Deep problem with someone saying they ve been in jail when they haven t Shields finds it delicious that A Million Little Pieces was almost sold as a novel I d argue it demonstrates just how badly Frey wanted attention As for writers Shields who has Parnassus on Wheels published two novels can t understand why a writer might need to filter autobiographical elements through a story in order to make sense of them to themselves let alone readers There are as many reasons to tell a story as there are ways to tell it but Shields can t conceive of even something so obvious Reality Hunger comes loaded with blurbs from the likes of Jonathan Lethem Jonathan Raban and Amy Hempel Endorsements aside a book so urgent and tiresome can t be anything than a momentary distraction in the culture The next time Shields wants to take on centuries of literary tradition he might go to the trouble of constructing an argument

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review Reality Hunger ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub summary è E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ David Shields free download Reality Hunger Synopsis Reality Hunger uestions every assumption we ever made about art the novel journalism poet. ORIGINAL REVIEW1 Why not live a little Mimesis isn t so bad 2 Huh OK I ll bite 3 Shields main argument is that the lyric essay is better able to represent reality than narrative fiction because reality is far fragmented and less constructed than a linear plot 4 Whatever Shields might choose to call this the book is a work of criticism and Shields is the critic 5 I sort of enjoyed how the book s assertions self indulgences and occasional arrogances irritated and annoyed me 6 Frammentazione e ubiuit dell informazione spingono ineluttabilmente verso il mash up pi che il collage e la letteratura non pu sottrarsi a uesta tendenza 7 Walter Benjamin s The Arcades Project is similarly structured not that I ve read the copy I ve owned for almost ten years 8 Some of the most brilliant reviews I ve read on Goodreads have been genre benders mashing up elements of criticism memoir personal essay satire and whatever else 9 Is the novel dead Can you copyright reality Is art theft 10 The I think about this book the less I like it 11 Art is art when it impacts when it challenges accepted norms and when it denies culpability 12 LIFE CHANGING MANIFESTO A VERY IMPORTANT BOOK YOU SHOULD READ RIGHT NOW 13 I imagine David Shields wants to stab a whole lot of old things living dead or abstract in the eye for the sake of it 14 If you have any thoughts on this book or this idea please jump in with them Thanks April 15 He makes his points in a bulleted list creating a collage of uotation misattribution lyric parable and just about anything else he feels like throwing in there 16 Look this book sucks

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review Reality Hunger ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub summary è E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ David Shields free download Reality Hunger Old culture in search of something new and authentic it is the most vital book of the new century. The Challenges of Writing a Collaged TextWhy revisit Reality Hunger The book s central argument is that the devices of the novel including plot or narrative character voice and genre are obsolete and that appropriation randomness fragmentation and other strategies of collage can restore a sense of the real In its general form that uestion is still open in contemporary fiction Yet I still find Reality Hunger unconvincing Here I will try to pose two uestions1 What counts as collage in Shields s bookAs Wojciech Dr g has pointed out Shields s principal models were the concept of the lyric essay and collage or mosaic The former is an unevenly theorized form It is associated with John d Agata and carries associations of first person or lyric address but for Shields it was apparently mostly a matter of eclecticism heterogeneity and fragmentation The latter collage or mosaic is the subject of Dr g s book In his wordsCollage embodies most aspects of the idea of art advocated in Shields s manifesto including the central proposition of drawing on reality in the form of raw unprocessed material As he explains in the collage section borrowing the words of the poet Charles Simic found objects and ready mades abolish the separation between art and life 340 Their familiarity helps create an immediate identification between the viewer and the work of art 364 Dr g suggests that Shields s main points of reference are D Agata Jonathan Lethem especially his essay The Ecstasy of Influence A Plagiarism 2007 Jonathan Raban and Dave Eggers What Shields has in mind is perhaps clearest in this passageA deliberate unartiness raw material seemingly unprocessed unfiltered uncensored and unprofessional Randomness openness to accident and serendipity spontaneity artistic risk emotional urgency and intensity readerviewer participation an overly literal tone as if a reporter were viewing a strange culture plasticity of form pointillism criticism as autobiography self reflexivity self ethnography anthropological autobiography a blurring to the point of invisibility of any distinction between fiction and nonfiction the lure and blur of the realReality Hunger 3 Dr g Collage in Twenty First Century Literature in English 87It s interesting that Shields likes the word mosaic because it imples the fragments add to form a single continuous image Tesserae would have been nearer the mark What he is aiming at is in irrecuperable state of fragmentation because the operation of fragmentating is itself what will restore reality and expunge the obsolete elements of the novel This kind of collage needs to avoid being a single coherent image a mosaic Parenthetically the identification of fragments appropriation and discontinuity with the real makes Shields s argument susceptible to James Wood s objection that Shields poses reality in an overly facile way against fiction Writers like Reznikoff and Metcalf might well have agreed with what Wood implies fragmentation and appropriation in their work hardly make the texts real See Wood Keeping It Real The New Yorker 7 March 2010 Benjamin here is the better example but even his work is not intended to produce a heightened effect of reality he might have found that an amusing symptom of a certain bourgeois longing in relation to literature His own project was about assembling a dossier to exhibit certain thoughts about culture2 Is Reality Hunger originalWhy does Lydia Davis think every page abounds with fresh observations In Dr g s count over two thirds of the entries are exact or modified uotations from other writers Shields says his editors told him he had to acknowledge his sources and as a result it s possible to see which entries he wrote himself The original sections make disappointing reading They tend to be either cliches of literary criticism and history or undeveloped literary theorySection 58 reads in its entirety My medium is prose not the novel Why I wonder doesn t he feel it is necessary to look closely at the word prose here since it is doing so much work for him Section 140 reads Plot like erected scaffolding is torn down and what stands in its place is the thing itself This is part truism and part surprisingly naive realism Perec for example could be said to have wanted to tear down plot but he wouldn t have said that what remains is the thing itself that almost sounds like George Steiner in Real Presences 1986Section 457 is another example of a one sentence manifesto that doesn t uite get to the end without a twist into ambiguity or obscurity It reads So no masters no masterpieces What I want instead of God the novelist is self portrait in a convex mirror This is over complicated the first part is against the naturalistic novel and the traditional role of the author as in Foucault s or Barthes s critiues but the last clause is an allusion to John Ashbery s Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror and to the Parmigianino original and those allusions are semi opaue unnecessarily metaphorical and unaccountably coySection 307 reads also in its entirety There s no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction there s only narrative Is there even narrative No graduate student would be allowed to write like this his leading terms in this case narrative are allowed to stand without explanation and his positions are at once polemical and vagueSections 234 to 236 are also original they are unremarkable observations about popular culture Section 236 for example begins What does it mean to set another person before the camera trying to extract something of his or her soul When are we exploiting When are we caressing Other people have said these things so much exactly at such length so much elouently Section 310 is another original section on popular reality TV It breezes over themes that need to be closely articulated The bachelorette on the brink of true love with one of several men she has known for seven hours the cad who manipulates his beloved on cue two narratives false actualization and authentic shame The success of the genre of reality TV reflects our lust for emotional meaning Does Lydia Davis really admire criticism like thisThere are sections similar to these section 428 for example is a page long contribution on Nabokov which is used to make an unremarkable point about autobiography and its independence from plot Section 456 is also a relatively long passage on how plot isn t a tool intelligence is Section 473 is autobiography it s informative but nearly free of interestSnide literary jokes are also scattered through the sections of the book that Shields wrote Section 458 uotes Nabokov but in the footnote Shields says that in honor of the author s Olympian hauteur he corrected Nabokov s grammar Section 139 begins In the end I missed the pleasure of a fully imagined work this turns out to be a uotation from a review of one of Shields s books Section 145 another original section is a mean spirited listing of a Verboten thematic secular Jews laureates of the real tend to be better at analyzing reality than re creating it Harold Brodkey most of the essays Philip Lopate s introduction to The Art of the Personal Essay Vivian Gornick pretty much everything At the end of this list he tries to patch things up by associating these authors with certifiably important people And of course less recently Marx Proust Freud Wittgenstein Einstein That gambit of putting someone down and then trying to make it sound like a compliment never works it betrays a superficial sense of rhetoric And the passage is painted with such a broad brush that it s impossible to make much sense of it anywayThe original texts in Reality Hunger don t strike me as original Benjamin s original interpolations in the Arcades Project can be much thoughtful In a certian sense they shouldn t because they argue for unoriginality But there is a crucial difference between arguing for a practice of unoriginal writing and claiming that the argument itself does not need to be original Shields s book presents itself as a polemic ie a timely and therefore original interventionThere is a historical problem with the implicit claim that collage or mosaic are needed now In one sense this is unproblematic Perloff s book Unoriginal Genius traces a history of collaged texts to Benjamin and she includes postmodern texts like Anne Carson Kenny Goldsmith and Jan Baetens I wish she d said about Charles Reznikoff and especially Paul Metcalf whom I ve written about on this site their senses of what to do with collaged texts are among the most interesting Collage as a literary strategy has a genealogy in early 20th century modernism But in what sense then is it a postmodern or contemporary gestureIn fact shards another of Shields s many terms and fragmentation are not only not specifically postmodern they are premodern First generation German romantics like Novalis explored fragments as ways of discovering a new kind of unity Novalis s Notes for a Romantic Encyclopedia is still amazing and it is not a realist manifesto There is also scholarship on the romantic nature of the shard for example by the philosopher Guy Sircello So what s at stake in Shields s book is a particular reaction against a particular sense of the novel one that draws selectively on a restricted history ConclusionIf I read Reality Hunger straight through without looking at the notes I do get a collage but then there s the uestion of what kind of collage it is whether it is disruptive dissociative genuinely and constitutionally fragmented or whether it develops and depends on resonances and unexpected harmonies between its isolated entries I don t mind genuinely random assemblies of fragments as in Burroughs but most literary collages from Pound and Eliot to Benjamin Reznikoff Metcalf and Markson work by implying or proposing new forms of order In that sense Reality Hunger is an uninteresting collage its thesis is simple and so are its ideas about what counts as 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