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Reality Hunger by David Shields
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May 15, 10

bookshelves: fiction-adult, non-fiction-adult, essays
Read from May 08 to 13, 2010

I'm not sure what to make of Reality Hunger. The first 100 pages I was entranced and interested in the interwoven original text and quotes that could only be sourced through endnotes or recognition.

This is a manifesto. How can a manifesto be such without being somewhat irritating? By the 2nd half of the book, I began to tire of what felt like Shields Quotations rather than Pascal's Pensees. Shields basically says, "What moron would be captivated by mere storytelling?"

Frankly, the whole "novel is dead" is about as interesting as dead books or paperless offices: a nice thought experiment, but with little evidence from the masses to support it.

Shields critiques Girl Talk's mashup gimmick because it gets old quickly. And yet he falls prey to the same gimmick. But worse, he does it in a high-browed, elitist way.

Appeals: discussion of the blurred line between fiction and non-fiction, many delicious quotes.
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