I read David Shields' book Reality Hunger Buy Temovate No Prescription, several weeks ago. I reread it again yesterday, and part of that rereading was to gather all the notes ("notes"?) I took on/in it, particularly the "notes" which made up the (perhaps strange) project I undertook, which was to live tweet my reactions to the book while reading it. All of those tweets are available on this blog. To find them, you'd have to wade through not only the whole of the tweets category, 10mg Temovate, but also all of the extraneous tweets within that category. So as to save you that work, dear Reader, I now present that project unexpurgated and in order:
1. People "live tweet" TV shows and webcasts, Buy Temovate No Prescription. I am going to "live" tweet David Shields' new book Reality Hunger as I read it.
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6, 50mg Temovate. "The novel of characters, though, belongs entirely to the past." I know what he means, but then who are these people in my book.
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10. "58. Buy Temovate No Prescription, My medium is prose, not the novel." (Sebald) Yes. Exactly, Temovate canada.
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12. "'it's just fiction,' a vacuous but prevalent dismissal akin to criticizing someone with his own name"(Marcus). I write "little stories"
13. 100mg Temovate, "Art is a conversation, not a patent office. Buy Temovate No Prescription, The citation of sources belongs to the realms of journalism and scholarship, not art."
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19, Temovate uk. "His point appears to be that nothing is beneath interest." The "he" (or she) could be any of the great novelists.
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24. Is it me, or did the book begin with a great deal of strength which is now fading some 70 pages in.
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26. David Shields namechecks Robert Shields, the mad diarist: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Shields_(diarist)
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29. A lament for the bookshelf: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/a-lament-for-the-bookshelf/article1488426/
30. 250mg Temovate, "The rotation gets thick. The constraints get thin." (ultimately DJ Spooky)
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32. "In hip-hop, the mimetic function has been eclipsed to a large extent by manipulation of the original (the 'real thing')."
33. What's the difference between representing the real and re-presenting the real.
34. Buy Temovate No Prescription, "Replication isn't reproduction." And he still hasn't given any credit to Baudrillard.
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36, Temovate coupon. "The urge to connect bits that don't seem to belong together has fascinated me all my life." (Sebald again)
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39. Chapter "m: in praise of brevity," is not witty. 750mg Temovate, And neither, really, am I.
40. Buy Temovate No Prescription, "In imaginative literature we're always constrained from considering alternative scenarios; there are none." And the end of Hopscotch.
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42, Temovate paypal. Aphorisms might be the shortest essays, but they rarely contain arguments within themselves, thus perhaps disqualifying them.
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45. Temovate usa, "What's the difference between repetition and reprise?" Do you mean the normal "reprise" or the Sinatra "Reprise".
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47. "To what degree can solipsism gain access to the world?" Strike "gain," and replace with "grant." Ask the question again.
48. "The writers I love tend to have Schrödinger's Paradox tattooed on their forehead" I agree, but either way, the cat is dead, Temovate craiglist. Buy Temovate No Prescription, 49. "a part of living, of breathing, of surviving, is to exploit our human relationships in order to live." The heart of fiction.
50. Will I be able to resist including section 514 in my dissertation prospectus. Wholesale and possibly without firm attribution.
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52. "I'm bored by out-and-out fabrication." There is no such thing.
53. Buy Temovate No Prescription, "fiction . . . has never seemed less central to the culture's sense of itself" But all of our "reality" is fictionalized.
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55, 40mg Temovate. "We are adrift, alone in the cosmos, wreaking monstrous violence on one another out of frustration and pain." (Woody Allen)
56. "Let us hope the time will come when language is most efficiently used where it is being most efficiently misused." (Beckett)
57. Shields seems to be at his best when using someone else's voice. Buy Temovate No Prescription, Me too.
58. "having the courage to share the reasons for the catastrophe of your character with the world" (Gass)
59. 500mg Temovate, "I love your willingness to be wrong, dumb, blind, embarrassing." I wish Shields engaged in this willingness a little more.
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61. "at the heart of 'literary culture' is the big, blockbuster novel by middle-of-the-road writers"
62, Temovate overseas. "Novel qua novel is a form of nostalgia." No. Buy Temovate No Prescription, The genre is defined by its elasticity. Explain nostalgia for the "open-ended present."
63. "The kinds of novels I like are ones which bear no trace of being novels." They are, however, still novels, and still fiction.
64. 1000mg Temovate, "There are no facts, only art." (Emerson) Again: Fiction.
65, Buy Temovate No Prescription. "What actually happened is only raw material; what the writer makes of what happened is all that matters." Again: Fiction.
66. Shields allies the lyric essay with poetry, and while he's not wrong, he's forgetting that the lyric is also still prose fiction.
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68. Thank you, David Shields. And thus ends my experiment in "live" tweeting a book.
I also gathered (and to a certain extent) reread all of the secondary materials I looked at when Shields' book came out, Buy Temovate No Prescription. Here's a kind of annotated bibliography:
1. "Reading and the Web—Texts Without Context" by Michiko Kakutani. Published on March 17, 30mg Temovate, 2010, in the NYT.
Not just a review of Reality Hunger, which Kakutani calls "deliberately provocative . . . and deeply nihilistic," but also a review of several other books about how reading and writing are changing. Kakutani basically makes a Chicken Little argument. She also worries about "the easily distracted, adolescent quality of much of cyberculture." Can we please get over these ridiculous fears of change. The mp3 didn't kill the vinyl LP. TV didn't kill radio, Buy Temovate No Prescription. Computers will not kill the book. And for crying out loud, people don't read the same way now as they did in the 19th century, or the 18th, or the 17th. And done accuse mashup or cyber-culture of suffering from a "nostalgic malaise" at the same time as you pine for "Reading in the traditional open-ended sense."
2. "Boundary Issues" by Sam Anderson. Buy Temovate No Prescription, Published on March 7, 2010, in New York Magazine's Books section.
Asks the question: How can you make a cogent argument if you don't define your terms, specifically "fiction" and "reality". Sums up: "Reality Hunger is a disaster: a hash of vague statements, obvious history, hyperbole, and repetition. . . . The book’s supposed profundities—that the line between fiction and reality is unclear, that genres can be more powerful when mixed, that narrative often imposes a simplistic order on the chaos of actual life—are, to anyone who’s ever thought seriously about any of these issues, a bunch of remedial Grade-A head-slappers, Buy Temovate No Prescription. And yet Shields intones them with the air of a holy man whispering the final secret of the universe from his mountaintop." A bit harsh, but not exactly wrong.
3. "Reality Boredom: Why David Shields is Completely Right and Totally Wrong" by Lincoln Michel. Published on March 8, 2010, on therumpus.net.
This article, written in a numbered section style—like Shields' book—does a thorough job of taking several things in Reality Hunger apart and examining them carefully. It is worth the (perhaps somewhat long (for the internet)) read. The central thesis, however, is really not all that different from my own: "Shields writes passionately about the vitality of short works, the inanity of our copyright laws, the relevance of remix culture, the changes technology is bringing, and, as always, the need to find new modes of expression [particularly "non-fiction" modes such as the lyric essay and the memoir]. Reading these arguments left me with a renewed faith in the relevance of fiction and the authors, filmmakers and other artists who are making fascinating work from the power of their imaginations.".
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