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 and present, to reframe
debates about the veracity of memoir and the relevance of the
novel. He argues that our culture is obsessed with "reality,"
precisely because we experience hardly any, and urgently calls for
new forms that embody and convey the fractured nature of
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