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  • The Thing About Life is That One Day You'll Be Deadby David Shields

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 15.95

    Mesmerized and somewhat unnerved by his 97-year-old father's vitality and optimism, David Shields undertakes an original investigation of our flesh-and-blood existence, our mortal being.Weaving together personal anecdote, biological fact, philosophical doubt, cultural criticism, and the wisdom of an eclectic range of writers and thinkers?from Lucretius... more...

  • Reality Hungerby David Shields

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.95

    With this landmark book, David Shields fast-forwards the discussion of the central artistic issues of our time. Who owns ideas? How clear is the distinction between fiction and nonfiction? Has the velocity of digital culture rendered traditional modes obsolete? Exploring these and related questions, Shields orchestrates a chorus of voices, past... more...

  • Body Politicby David Shields

    Simon & Schuster 2010; US$ 23.00

    In Body Politic , David Shields looks at contemporary America and its mythology through the lens of professional and college sports. The result is an unusually insightful and provocative book about an empire in denial. Shields relentlessly examines the way we tell our sports stories (both fictional and nonfictional), considers the kinds of athletes... more...

  • How Literature Saved My Lifeby David Shields

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 15.95

    ?Reading How Literature Saved My Life is like getting to listen in on a really great, smart, provocative conversation. The book is not straightforward, it resists any single interpretation, and it seems to me to constitute nothing less than a new form.? ??Whitney Otto   In this wonderfully intelligent, stunningly honest, painfully funny book,... more...

  • The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Deadby David Shields

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 15.98

    Mesmerized and somewhat unnerved by his 97-year-old father's vitality and optimism, David Shields undertakes an original investigation of our flesh-and-blood existence, our mortal being. Weaving together personal anecdote, biological fact, philosophical doubt, cultural criticism, and the wisdom of an eclectic range of writers and thinkers - from Lucretius... more...

  • Reality Hungerby David Shields

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 15.98

    Reality Hunger is a manifesto for a burgeoning group of interrelated but unconnected artists who, living in an unbearably artificial world, are breaking ever larger chunks of 'reality' into their work. The questions Shields explores - the bending of form and genre, the lure and blur of the real - play out constantly around us, and Reality Hunger... more...

  • Enough About Youby David Shields; Ross McElwee

    Soft Skull Press 2008; US$ 14.99

    What does it mean to construct a self? What does it mean to turn your life into a narrative? What?s gained? What?s lost? What lies inevitably get told? What deeper truths are reached or at least reached for? Enough About You has no answers to these questions, but it frames and asks these questions in a much more overt, honest, precise, and provocative... more...

  • Das Dumme am Leben ist, dass man eines Tages tot istby David Shields; Christoph Gutknecht

    C.H. Beck 2010; US$ 8.32

    Das Leben ist einfach, tragisch und schön», schreibt David Shields. Der Gedanke, dass alles, was lebt, vergänglich ist, kann auf eine seltsame Weise befreiend sein. Dieses Buch erzählt davon, wie alles auf den Tod zuläuft. Paradox ist, dass der Leser dabei geradezu in eine Leichtigkeit des Seins gerät.... more...

  • Reality Hungerby Andreas Wirthensohn; David Shields

    C.H. Beck 2011; US$ 13.88

    Was ist Realität, was ist Wirklichkeit, was ist «echt» und «authentisch», in welchen Formen stellen wir unser Leben in der Kunst dar? Horaz, Friedrich Nietzsche, Samuel Beckett, Thomas Pynchon, Nicholson Baker, Jean-Luc Godard, Lars von Trier und viele andere bekannte Namen der Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte treffen auf die Google- und Facebook-Generation;... more...

  • Salingerby David Shields; Shane Salerno

    Simon & Schuster 2013; US$ 19.99

    Based on eight years of exhaustive research and exclusive interviews with more than 200 people?and published in coordination with the international theatrical release of a major documentary film from the Weinstein Company? Salinger is a global cultural event: the definitive biography of one of the most beloved and mysterious figures of the twentieth... more...