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SHIELDS - Reality Hunger

Done. I have no idea what just happened to me—what happened, period. All throughout, I kept telling myself it was difficult to surrender to this book, not only because I couldn’t understand why it was saying what it was trying to say, but also because I couldn’t trust it fully. Surprise, surprise: In Shields’ begrudgingly provided afterword to “his” manifesto: “This book contains hundreds of quotations that go unacknowledged in the body of the text… Your uncertainty about whose words you’ve just read is not a bug but a feature.” [Bet that really hurt, having to say it so baldly, and because of legal constraints, too.] So, at least, there’s that.

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5 comments

  1. Uuuu, that’s annoying. I don’t think I’d like to read this book.

  2. Borges and Baudrillard did it a lot.

  3. [...] finishing it late last week; I dueled with Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, and it’s safe to say that I was not the victor in that face-off; I also spent most of the day with The Bell Jar—lo and behold, I am not any keener on jumping off [...]

  4. [...] been opened, marked, closed, then set aside in favor of other books—a book about a defeated man, David Shields’ hysteria, Stephen King’s The Dark Tower novels, half a dozen (oh lord) [...]

  5. […] Saved My Life, which sort of crept up on me—I found his Reality Hunger unbearable, by the way, rather untrustworthy. Literature, on the other hand: I have never liked a book I disagreed with so much so much. I have […]

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