Writers' Workshop graduate, David Shields will read from Reality Hunger: A Manifesto. Having just explored mortality in the genre-defying, bestselling book, The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, Shields now issues an open call for new literary and other art forms to match the complexities of the 21st century. With reality TV, YouTube, and Facebook, Shields argues that our culture is obsessed with "reality" precisely because we experience hardly any. People either love or hate this book. Its converts see it as a rallying cry; its detractors view it as an occasion for defending the status quo. It is already one of the most controversial books of the year.
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