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David Shields was born in Los Angeles, California on July 22, 1956. He received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Brown University in 1978 and an MFA in fiction from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1980. He writes both fiction and…
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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…
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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…

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by David Shields

|March 13, 2014

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER THE BOY WHO BECAME A REBEL. THE REBEL WHO BECAME A SOLDIER. THE SOLDIER WHO BECAME AN ICON. THE ICON WHO DISAPPEARED. Raised in Park Avenue privilege, J. D. Salinger sought out combat, surviving five bloody battles of World War II, and…

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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…

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In That Thing You Do With Your Mouth, actress and voice-over artist Samantha Matthews offers-in the form of an extended monologue, prompted and arranged by New York Times bestselling author (and Matthews's cousin once removed) David Shields-a vivid investigation…

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Das Leben ist einfach, tragisch und schön», schreibt David Shields. Der Gedanke, dass alles, was lebt, vergänglich ist, kann auf eine seltsame Weise befreiend sein. Dieses Buch erzählt davon, wie alles auf den Tod zuläuft. Paradox ist, dass der Leser dabei…
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Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life; his former professor David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he overcommitted to art. The stay-at-home dad (three young girls) and the workaholic writer (eighteen…
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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,…
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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…

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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…
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Jeff Ragsdale has worked as stand-up comedian, actor, and home builder. He lives in New York City. David Shields is the author of 11 previous books, including Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, named one of the best books of 2010 by more than 30 publications, and The…