I’m reading David Shields’ Reality Hunger. I have many thoughts percolating about the book, but I’d like to wait a bit to synthesize my ideas before writing at length. So instead I’ll to mention one angle: if a nonfiction book acts performatively regarding its thesis that old modes of nonfiction are inadequate, how does one review the book? If you dislike the work, then a “traditional” review works fine – your form is its own refutation. But if you like the book?
Anyways, here are a few links to dive into the conversation. I greatly enjoyed Shields’ event at McNally Jackson last week, and have felt deeply engaged by the book’s arguments thus far.
HTML Giant “Excited, but not to a grave-dancing degree”
New York Magazine “Boundary Issues”
And the NYT‘s Michiko Kakutani uses the book as a jumping-off point for her meditation on online reading and writing “Texts Without Context” (A curious case where the article’s form seems to agree with Shields and yet its content is very antithetical).
p.s. I think it would be hilarious if the movie rights were optioned for a big-budget sci-fi movie.