In this truly one-of-a-kind book, the author/narrator-a
representative, in extremis, of contemporary American obsession
with beauty, celebrity, transmitted image-finds himself suspended,
fascinated, in the remoteness of our wall-to-wall mediascape. It is
a remoteness that both perplexes and enthralls him.
Through dazzling sleight of hand in which the
public becomes private and the private becomes public, the entire
book-clicking from confession to family-album photograph to family
chronicle to sexual fantasy to pseudo-scholarly footnote to
reportage to personal essay to stand-up comedy to cultural
criticism to literary criticism to film criticism to prose-poem to
litany to outtake -becomes both an anatomy of American culture and
a searing self-portrait.
David Shields reads his own life-reads our
life-as if it were an allegory about remoteness and finds
persuasive, hilarious, heartbreaking evidence wherever he goes.
Winner of the PEN / Revson Award?