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David Shields is the author of fourteen books, including Reality Hunger (Knopf, 2010), which was named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications. GQ called it "the most provocative, brain-rewiring book of 2010"; the New York Times called it "a mind-bending manifesto." His previous book, The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead (Knopf, 2008), was a New York Times bestseller. His other books include Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages: A Novel, winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. His essays and stories have appeared in the New York...more


I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel

David Shields and Caleb Powell


Knopf, September 2014


A debate, nearly to the death, about life and art.


Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life(he’s a stay-at-home dad to three young girls), whereas his former professorDavid Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he hasovercommitted to art.


Shields and Powell sp...

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“Anything processed by memory is fiction.”
David Shields

“IT’S HARDLY a coincidence that “Shipping Out,” Wallace’s most well-known essay, appeared only a month before Infinite Jest, his most well-known novel, was published. Both are about the same thing (amusing ourselves to death), with different governing données (lethally entertaining movie, lethally pampering leisure cruise). In an interview after the novel came out, Wallace, asked what’s so great about writing, said that we’re existentially alone on the planet—I can’t know what you’re thinking and feeling, and you can’t know what I’m thinking and feeling—so writing, at its best, is a bridge constructed across the bridge of human loneliness.”
David Shields, How Literature Saved My Life

“Samuel Johnson: A book should either allow us to escape existence or teach us how to endure it .”
David Shields, How Literature Saved My Life

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