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Black Planet: Facing Race During An Nba Season
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|December 1, 2006

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The National Basketball Association is a place where white fans and black players enact virtually every racial issue and tension in U.S. culture. Following the Seattle SuperSonics for an entire season, David Shields explores how, in a predominantly black sport,…
From Prototype to Efficient Implementation: A Case Study Using SETL and C

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will…
Enough About You: Notes Toward the New Autobiography

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What does it mean to construct a self? What does it mean to turn your life into a narrative? What's gained? What's lost? What lies inevitably get told? What deeper truths are reached or at least reached for? Enough About You has no answers to these questions,…
Other People: Takes & Mistakes
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|This title releases January 16, 2018

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An intellectually thrilling and emotionally wrenching investigation of otherness: the need for one person to understand another person completely, the impossibility of any such absolute knowing, and the erotics of this separation. Can one person know another…
How Literature Saved My Life
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|November 5, 2013

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Blending confessional criticism and cultural autobiography, David Shields explores the power of literature to make life survivable, maybe even endurable. Evoking his deeply divided personality, his character flaws, his woes, his serious despair, he…
Life Is Short ? Art Is Shorter: In Praise Of Brevity
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|April 24, 2015

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Life Is Short-Art Is Shorter is not just the first anthology to gather both mini-essays and short-short stories; readers, writers, and teachers will get will get an anthology; a course's worth of writing exercises; a rally for compression, concision, and…
Flip-side: Real And Imaginary Conversations With Lana Del Rey
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|This title releases April 10, 2018

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Flip-Side: Real and Imaginary Conversations with Lana Del Rey is a work of collaboration between bestselling author David Shields and polymath actor/director/author/artist James Franco. The project originated as the rough draft of a book Franco wrote about and…
War Is Beautiful: The New York Times Pictorial Guide To The Glamour Of Armed Conflict*

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* (in which the author explains why he no longer reads  The New York Times ) Bestselling author David Shields analyzed over a decade’s worth of front-page war photographs from The New York Times  and came to a shocking conclusion: the…
Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity
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|September 23, 2003

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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…
Reality Hunger: A Manifesto
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|February 8, 2011

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A landmark book, “brilliant, thoughtful” ( The Atlantic ) and “raw and gorgeous” ( LA Times ), that fast-forwards the discussion of the central artistic issues of our time, from the bestselling author of  The Thing About Life Is…
Body Politic: The Great American Sports Machine

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In Body Politic , David Shields looks at contemporary America and its mythology through the lens of professional and college sports. The result is an unusually insightful and provocative book about an empire in denial. Shields relentlessly examines the way we…
The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead
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|February 10, 2009

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Mesmerized and somewhat unnerved by his 97-year-old father's vitality and optimism, David Shields undertakes an original investigation of our flesh-and-blood existence, our mortal being.Weaving together personal anecdote, biological fact, philosophical doubt,…