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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

Elliott Bay Book Company to host rehearsal for film based on I THINK YOU’RE TOTALLY WRONG: A QUARREL

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 professor David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he has overcommitted to art.


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Elliott Bay Book Company to host rehearsal for film based on I THINK YOU’RE TOTALLY WRONG: A QUARREL

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.
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“Anything processed by memory is fiction.”
David Shields

“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

“Copies have been dethroned; the economic model built on them is collapsing. In a regime of superabundant free copies, copies are no longer the basis of wealth. Now relationships, links, connections, and sharing are. Value has shifted away from a copy toward the many ways to recall, annotate, personalize, edit, authenticate, display, mark, transfer, and engage a work. Art is a conversation, not a patent office. The citation of sources belongs to the realms of journalism and scholarship, not art. Reality can’t be copyrighted.”
David Shields, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto




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