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Reality Hunger

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characters ✓ Reality Hunger 108 Synopsis Reality Hunger uestions every assumption we ever made about art the novel journalism poet Last week I posted a pedestrian review of a fairly innocuous book Zadie Smith s Changing My Mind After a slow start the ensuing discussion turned into a bloody street fight names were called knives were pulled and tragically feelings were hurt Pretty much everyone involved lost their shit including me Good times good timesStill I m in no hurry to go through all that again So don t expect me to mount a fresh defence of my admittedly obnoxious views on the novel which haven t changed by the way Instead here s what I ve done aping the collage format of Reality Hunger I ve taken some uotes from the book and a few other sources spliced in some comments of my own from old reviews and threads and jumbled them all together in a crunkadelic display of literary turntablism For you sticklers out there I ll paste a list of attributions into the comments below Don t hate Masturbate Reality Hunger dance remix 1Whenever I pick up a contemporary novel I m nagged by a very simple very na ve uestion Why did this thing get written And usually I suspect the answer would be Um well we re supposed to write novels aren t we WRONG You re supposed to investigate reality dumbass in all of its beautiful and horrible multifariousness and a tidy little Booker bait novel isn t necessarily the best way to go about it2I ve always had a hard time writing fiction It feels like driving a car in a clown suit You re going somewhere but you re in costume and you re not really fooling anybody You re the guy in costume and everybody s supposed to forget that and go along with you3I still read the odd novel but I m growing increasingly unwilling to suspend my disbelief I find myself thinking Come on man you re just making that shit up4All the technical elements of narrative the systematic use of the past tense and the third person the unconditional adoption of chronological development linear plots the impulse of each episode toward a conclusion etc tended to impose the image of a stable coherent continuous uneuivocal entirely decipherable universeTwo hundred years later the whole system is no than a memory it s to that memory to the dead system that some seek with all their might to keep the novel fettered5In 1963 Margaret Yourcenar said In our time the novel devours all other forms one is almost forced to use it as a medium of expression No Increasingly the novel goes hand in hand with a certain straightjacketing of the material s expressive potential One gets so weary watching writers sensations and thoughts get set into the concrete of fiction that perhaps it s best to avoid the form as a medium of expression6Punk rock died when the first punk said Punk s not dead 7Jazz as jazz jazzy jazz is pretty well finished The interesting stuff is all happening on the fringes of the form where there are elements of jazz and elements of all sorts of other things as well Something similar is happening in prose Although great novels novelly novels are still being written a lot of the most interesting things are happening on the fringes of several forms8At this moment all over the world nice old men are playing slavish imitations of classic Dixieland jazz At this moment all over the world nice old ladies are painting pretty neo Impressionist landscapes and selling them to tourists at the local farmers market And that s swell Have fun with that But let s not pretend they re producing vital art9In the beginning was the Word In the end there is only Clich 10All novels attempt to cut neural routes through the brain to convince us that down this road the true future of the novel lies In healthy times we cut multiple roads allowing for the possibility of a Jean Genet as surely as a Graham Greene These aren t particularly healthy times A breed of lyrical Realism has had the freedom of the highway for some time now with most other exits blocked11Some of the most brilliant reviews I ve read on Goodreads have been genre benders mashing up elements of criticism memoir personal essay satire and whatever else And a lot of these reviews inadeuate term ring truer to me than the novels they re typically supposed to be about Anyone else noticed that12In my experience a good 90% of life is just a bunch of nondescript stuff that won t fit into a slick narrative that isn t even worthy of an anecdote13Story seems to say that everything happens for a reason and I want to say No it doesn t14Conventional fiction teaches the reader that life is a coherent fathomable whole that concludes in neatly wrapped up revelation Life standing on a street corner channel surfing trying to navigate the web or a declining relationship hearing that a close friend died last night flies at us in bright splinters15I do not doubt that there is far in trivialitiesinsects vulgar persons slaves dwarfs weedsrejected refuse than I have supposed16If you write a novel you sit and weave a little narrative If you re a romantic writer you write a novel about men and women falling in love give a little narrative here and there etc And it s okay but it s of no account17There is no nobler pursuit than the contemplation of reality 18Walker Evans called his photographic style lyric documentary When an editor tried to remove some flies from a white bedcover in a photo of a farmer Evans indignantly demanded they be put back in 19We have too many things and not enough forms20Madame de Stael said that the contents of the gutter in the Rue de Brac were of interest to her than the beautifully framed landscape paintings in the art galleries21I m not advocating relentless avant gardism for its own sake I don t even know what I m advocating I m not smart or presumptuous enough to tell writers what they should be doing or to do it myself But I mean Christ look around we live in a hugely complex extremely dangerous world full of technological wonders political savagery horrors of all kinds and these guys are trying to capture it all in their careful little daguerreotypes22Okay straight up read whatever you want literary fiction TekWar twincest themed erotica whatever turns you on and makes you feel less forsaken in this bitch of a world If some jaded douche like me happens to think the novel is aesthetically defunct that doesn t have to hinder your enjoyment Besides I m not out to kill off the novel I just want to reduce its carbon footprint I m arguing for forms not fewer freedom not less Above all kick ass literature in whatever genre or medium That s not so unreasonable is it Undead and Unemployed of a fairly innocuous book Zadie Smith s Changing My Mind After a slow start the ensuing discussion turned into a bloody street fight names were called knives were pulled and tragically feelings were hurt Pretty much everyone involved lost their shit including me Good times good timesStill I m in no hurry to go through all that again So don t expect me to mount a fresh defence The People Could Fly American Black Folktales of my admittedly Emily and Jackson Hiding Out obnoxious views Nightwood on the novel which haven t changed by the way Instead here s what I ve done aping the collage format The Pistol Poets of Reality Hunger I ve taken some uotes from the book and a few Rebel Island other sources spliced in some comments Killer Dreams of my Augusta own from Hardball old reviews and threads and jumbled them all together in a crunkadelic display Disturbing the Peace of literary turntablism For you sticklers Vodka out there I ll paste a list Affliction of attributions into the comments below Don t hate Masturbate Reality Hunger dance remix 1Whenever I pick up a contemporary novel I m nagged by a very simple very na ve uestion Why did this thing get written And usually I suspect the answer would be Um well we re supposed to write novels aren t we WRONG You re supposed to investigate reality dumbass in all Killbox Sirantha Jax #4 of its beautiful and horrible multifariousness and a tidy little Booker bait novel isn t necessarily the best way to go about it2I ve always had a hard time writing fiction It feels like driving a car in a clown suit You re going somewhere but you re in costume and you re not really fooling anybody You re the guy in costume and everybody s supposed to forget that and go along with you3I still read the JumpFrom the Life of Michael Jordan odd novel but I m growing increasingly unwilling to suspend my disbelief I find myself thinking Come Bingo on man you re just making that shit up4All the technical elements Naomis Gift Kauffman Amish Bakery Christmas Stories #2 of narrative the systematic use Dreamland Travels Inside the Secret World of Roswell and Area 51 of the past tense and the third person the unconditional adoption Tales of the Heartily Homeschooled of chronological development linear plots the impulse Echoes of each episode toward a conclusion etc tended to impose the image Echoes of a stable coherent continuous uneuivocal entirely decipherable universeTwo hundred years later the whole system is no than a memory it s to that memory to the dead system that some seek with all their might to keep the novel fettered5In 1963 Margaret Yourcenar said In Simpatico our time the novel devours all Flashback other forms Firestorm Deadtown #6 one is almost forced to use it as a medium Jernigan of expression No Increasingly the novel goes hand in hand with a certain straightjacketing Search for LoveHer Mother's Keeper of the material s expressive potential One gets so weary watching writers sensations and thoughts get set into the concrete More Lost Books of the Bible The Secrets of Enoch The Apocalypse of Baruch of fiction that perhaps it s best to avoid the form as a medium GirlWise How to Be Confident Capable Cool and in Control on the fringes Higher A Historic Race to the Sky and the Making of a City of the form where there are elements Chatter Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping of jazz and elements Guns of the Timberlands of all sorts Crazy of Defiant other things as well Something similar is happening in prose Although great novels novelly novels are still being written a lot Nightfall of the most interesting things are happening Backstage on the fringes Bodily Harm of several forms8At this moment all Shadowland over the world nice Pink old men are playing slavish imitations Bone Key of classic Dixieland jazz At this moment all Gidget Gidget series #1 over the world nice Every Last One old ladies are painting pretty neo Impressionist landscapes and selling them to tourists at the local farmers market And that s swell Have fun with that But let s not pretend they re producing vital art9In the beginning was the Word In the end there is Goodbye Ms Chips only Clich 10All novels attempt to cut neural routes through the brain to convince us that down this road the true future Bookends of the novel lies In healthy times we cut multiple roads 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teaches the reader that life is a coherent fathomable whole that concludes in neatly wrapped up revelation Life standing I Let You Go on a street corner channel surfing trying to navigate the web Midnight's Daughter or a declining relationship hearing that a close friend died last night flies at us in bright splinters15I do not doubt that there is far in trivialitiesinsects vulgar persons slaves dwarfs weedsrejected refuse than I have supposed16If you write a novel you sit and weave a little narrative If you re a romantic writer you write a novel about men and women falling in love give a little narrative here and there etc And it s Monster okay but it s Cartwheel of no account17There is no nobler pursuit than the contemplation A Taste of Paris of reality 18Walker Evans called his photographic style lyric documentary When an editor tried to remove some flies from a white bedcover in a photo Wizards Magical Tales From the Masters of Modern Fantasy of a farmer Evans indignantly demanded 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David Shields Ý 8 Summary

characters ✓ Reality Hunger 108 Old culture in search of something new and authentic it is the most vital book of the new century I ve been meaning to read this for a while but seeing David Shields speak at MLA was the thing that finally pushed me to actually do it This is an amazingly fun book to read debate with dip in and out of Every few pages contains something goldenI love literature but not because I love stories per se I find nearly all the moves the traditional novel makes unbelievably predictable tired contrived and essentially purposeless I can never remember characters names plot developments lines of dialogue details of setting It s not clear to me what such narratives are supposedly revealing about the human condition I m drawn to literature instead as a form of thinking consciousness wisdom seeking I like work that s focused not only page by page but line by line on what the writer really cares about as opposed to work that assumes that what the writers cares about will magically creep through the cracks of the narrative which is the way I experience most stories and novels Collage works are nearly always about what they re about which may sound a tad tautological but when I read a book that I really love I m excited because I can feel the writer s excitement that in every paragraph he s manifestly exploring his subjectIs it possible that contemporary literary prizes are a bit like the federal bailout package subsidizing work that is no longer remotely describing realityAll so good And I think the furor over his death of the contemporary novel and homage to plagiarism stuff is a bit misguided Shields s argument is subtle and textured than that and the whole book reads like what it is a manifesto for thinking literature as compared to that Franzen shit


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    [PDF/EPUB] (Reality Hunger) David Shields Ý 8 Summary Read & Download ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ý David Shields Posted at Heradas ReviewYou’ll usually find this in the literary criticism section of a book shop and having now read it I can’t exactly argue with that placing but I can say that it would also be right at home in many other sections cul

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    [PDF/EPUB] (Reality Hunger) David Shields Ý 8 Summary Last week I posted a pedestrian review of a fairly innocuous book Zadie Smith's Changing My Mind After a slow start the ensuing discussion turned into a bloody street fight names were called knives were pulled and

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    [PDF/EPUB] (Reality Hunger) ORIGINAL REVIEW1 Why not live a little Mimesis isn’t so bad 2 Huh OK I’ll bite 3 Shields’ main argument is that the lyric essay is better

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    characters Reality Hunger David Shields Ý 8 Summary [PDF/EPUB] (Reality Hunger) This is an example of the kind of overtly self congratulatory deconstructionist bunk that really irritates me about post modernist writers Shie

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    [PDF/EPUB] (Reality Hunger) Read & Download ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ý David Shields David Shields Ý 8 Summary This book made me angry Shields's manifesto is a numbered collection of 618 thoughts and uotes of varying lengths united by one common principle We no longer have time for anything but reality in our literature the old standbys of plot and character are as useful as the horse and buggy Did you know the novel was dead In its place Shields prefers memoir or rather a reframing of the real That's the way Shields

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    [PDF/EPUB] (Reality Hunger) I've been meaning to read this for a while but seeing David Shields speak at MLA was the thing that finally pushed me to actually do it This is an amazingly fun book to read debate with dip in and out of Every few pages contains some

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    [PDF/EPUB] (Reality Hunger) At the beginning this book was amazing though then as now I was unconvinced that the novel is dead Somewhere along the way I got bored and pissed off not so much with this book as with what people on here were saying about its subject matter I almost gave up at w but forged on to z Didn't see that there was anything to sayI note th

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  • Paperback
  • 240
  • Reality Hunger
  • David Shields
  • English
  • 06 March 2020
  • 9780141049076