Since it was one of the most highly anticipated books of the year, and since it argues directly against the beliefs of this blog, I want to follow up on the media coverage of Reality Hunger by David Shields.
I reviewed it for Hipster Book Club.
But the best response I’ve seen is from Lincoln Michel at The Rumpus, who carefully takes apart Shields’ argument, and even pushes it into new territory with better pop culture references.
Our heroes come through again. Sam Anderson breaks it down for New York magazine, basically grabbing the book by the wrist and going, “Why do you keep hitting yourself? Why do you keep hitting yourself?” Meanwhile, James Wood engages and refutes it with a brief recapitulation of his defense of realism from How Fiction Works.
Laura Miller at Salon takes issue with the “manifesto-ness” of the book. She also drops the phrase “fiction advocates.” That’s us!