Reality (Sound) Bites

14Mar10

Reality Hunger: A Manifesto is a new books by David Shields that appears to argue the novel is dead, and overly earnest non-fiction is going the way of the Dodo too, even as the lyric essay and collage are far better for reflecting current reality. And it’s current reality we crave, according the Shields.

I’m curious to read the book, though at first glance I think the argument overlooks the old idea that fiction writers and poets use lies to tell the truth. And I do wonder what kind of argument he can muster with a book broken down into sections that are sometimes one sentence in length. A review by Debra Gwartney can be found here, and there’s a longer and more thoughtful look by Catherine Bush, for the Globe and Mail.

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