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David Shields

3.44 of 5 Votes: 5
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Salinger (2013)
3.59 of 5 Votes: 2
review 1: What an interesting book - worth the effort to read if, like me, you were captivated by his writing. I loved Catcher in the Rye in high school, and Franny and Zooey speak to me often. I think what I learned from this book is that what strikes a chord with me in his stories are th...
How Literature Saved My Life (2013)
3.34 of 5 Votes: 4
review 1: Once again, David Shields tosses a literary grenade across the table, challenging everything we think we know about fiction. (Everything we know is wrong? Are we all bozos on this bus?) A fervent provocateur for a complete re-thinking of how we write and think about books (novels...
Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters,
3.46 of 5 Votes: 5
review 1: Great concept, passable execution. Some of these were highly enjoyable, either funny or sad, but a number of the pieces employed obscure, almost language-poetry style writing, or fell solidly in the writing-for-writers genre. Jonathan Safran Foer's piece, for example, is a sub...
Reality Hunger: A Manifesto (2010)
3.6 of 5 Votes: 5
review 1: The reality is Shields' word is not law. Had to remind myself when he started all that cracking down on the novel and fiction (my area). I understand he has his preferences, some of which I agreed, but most of this manifesto I was just like are you kidding me, dude? Perhaps that'...
Private War of J. D. Salinger (2013)
3.6 of 5 Votes: 2
review 1: A little exhausting and redundant sometimes, but you can rip through it if you're a fan. Most fascinating for me was his WWII service and the claim that he suffered an intense form of PTSD as a result of his war experiences. Seems like an awful family man but I didn't know the gu...
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