Posts Tagged: David Shields

How to Keep Calm and Carry On

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Your mind doesn’t play tricks on you. You play tricks on your mind.

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Notable San Francisco: 9/27–10/3

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Literary events and readings in and around the Bay Area this week!

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Truth and Beauty: Talking with Joshua Wolf Shenk

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The new Editor-in-Chief of The Believer dismantles stereotypes of Las Vegas, discusses the magazine’s acquisition, and makes a case for bringing journalism into the academy.

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Notable Portland: 3/16–3/22

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Thursday 3/16: Looking to discuss fascinating articles you’ve reading in a magazine or online site? Join Portland’s new Article’s Club—like a book club but with articles found in places like Vogue or the Atlantic. The Perlene, 6:30 p.m., free. Michael Eric Dyson reads from his new book, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, […]

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All About the Essay

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John D’Agata, visionary champion of the essay and master anthologizer, sees the lyric form “partake of the poem in its density and shapeliness, it’s distillation of ideas and musicality of language.” He also sees it as unbound to conventional notions of truth. Writing for Harper’s, Elaine Blair critiques the genre-bending, exploratory practices of writers like David Shields, […]

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Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through

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How do we begin to describe the indescribable? In McSweeney’s newest book That Thing You Do With Your Mouth, actor Samantha Matthews and author David Shields challenge the way we think about trauma by changing the way we talk about it. Read an excerpt of the collaborative text and watch the video trailer after the […]

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The Rumpus Interview with David Shields and Caleb Powell

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Writers David Shields and Caleb Powell can’t stop fighting, even about their new book-length argument and forthcoming film, I Think You’re Totally Wrong.

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The Rumpus Interview with Susanne Paola Antonetta

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Poet and memoirist Susanne Paola Antonetta discusses literary bias, feminism, and the origin of her nom de plume.

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Stranger than Fiction

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The death of the novel has been argued and rebutted and argued again. Drawing from David Shields‘s book of literary criticism, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, Alexander Nazaryan wonders whether the essay might do a better job: Reality Hunger argues that to survive, the novel must become less like itself, to just stop with the whole […]

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Bill Murray and Me

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Always first aware not of the naked feeling itself but of the best way to phrase the feeling so as to avoid verbal repetition, you come to think of emotions as belonging to other people, being the world’s happy property and not yours—not really yours except by way of disingenuous circumlocution. Hence my iron grip […]

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Fakes

“Fakes,” by David Shields and Matthew Vollmer

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Receipts, letters, diaries, grocery lists, photographs, report cards, online dating profiles – all these documents are written evidence of our existence. For most of us, they will be the only written evidence of our existence. Creating fraudulent documents as a means of evoking a fictional character is an old technique, from Jonathan Swift’s letters written […]

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Cendrars, The Extraordinary Daydreamer

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Long before David Shields excoriated the strict boundaries between journalism and fiction, espousing, in its place, a loose and open-ended hybrid that is more in keeping with “reality”, a Swiss-born Frenchman with one arm, a Gauloises cigarette forever dangling from his grizzled lips and a swaggering nonchalance befitting only a soldier and a drifter, penned […]

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Notable New York, This Week 3/8 – 3/14

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This week in New York Sam Lipsyte reads from The Ask, David Shields reads from Reality Hunger, the Magnetic Fields perform, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks reads, Lore Segal and Tao Lin engage in a panel discussion about the novella, Stephen Elliott holds a writing class, Philip Gourevitch, Francine Prose and Lewis Lapham explore natural and man-made […]

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The Rumpus Books Sunday Supplement

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In my (wow, it’s already been almost a) year here as Sunday editor at The Rumpus, I’ve never seen a week with so much incredible content. If you missed it, come take a peek.

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