Reality Hunger

  • by David Shields
  • Narrated by Peter Marinker
  • 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 is a radical reframing of how we might think about this 'truthiness'. Reality Hunger questions every assumption we ever made about art, the novel, journalism, poetry, film, TV, rap, stand-up, graffiti, sampling, plagiarism, writing, and reading. Drawing on myriad stances, David Shields seeks to tear up the old culture in search of something new and more authentic.


What the Critics Say

"A rare and very peculiar thing: a wake-up call that is a pleasure to hear and respond to. A daring combination of montage and essay, it's crammed full of good things." (Geoff Dyer)
"I've just finished reading Reality Hunger and I'm lit up by it - astonished, intoxicated, ecstatic, overwhelmed." (Jonathan Lethem)
"Bold, entertaining, contentious. Essential reading for readers and writers." (Guardian)
"Weird, exciting, incendiary." (Dazed and Confused)


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-24-2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd