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Shields, David 1956-

Overview
Works: 113 works in 338 publications in 5 languages and 12,846 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Domestic fiction  Diaries  Psychological fiction  Basketball stories  Essays  Short stories, American  Bildungsromans 
Roles: Author, Dancer, wat, Conductor, Correspondent, Thesis advisor, Editor, Recipient
Classifications: PS3569.H4834, 813.54
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Salinger by David Shields( Book )

14 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This biography draws on extensive research and exclusive interviews to share previously undisclosed aspects of the enigmatic writer's life, from his private relationships and service in World War II to his legal concerns and innermost secrets. The icon who disappeared. Raised in Park Avenue privilege, J.D. Salinger sought out combat, surviving five bloody battles of World War II and the liberation of a death camp, and out of that crucible he created a novel, The Catcher in the Rye, which journeyed deep into his own despair and redefined postwar America. For more than fifty years, Salinger has been one of the most elusive figures in American history. All of the attempts to uncover the truth about why he disappeared have been undermined by a lack of access and the recycling of inaccurate information. In the course of a nine-year investigation, and especially in the three years since Salinger's death, the authors have interviewed more than 200 people on five continents (many of whom had previously refused to go on the record) to solve the mystery of what happened to Salinger.--From publisher description
Reality hunger : a manifesto by David Shields( Book )

26 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An open call for new literary and other art forms to match the complexities of the twenty-first century. Author David Shields argues that our culture is obsessed with "reality" precisely because we experience hardly any. The questions Reality Hunger explores--the bending of form and genre, the lure and blur of the real--play out constantly all around us. Think of the controversy surrounding the provenance and authenticity of the "real": A Million Little Pieces, the Obama "Hope" poster, the boy who wasn't in the balloon. Reality Hunger is a rigorous and radical attempt to reframe how we think about "truthiness," literary license, quotation, appropriation. Shields has written this for a burgeoning group of interrelated but unconnected artists in a variety of forms and media who, living in an unbearably manufactured and artificial world, are striving to stay open to the possibility of randomness, accident, serendipity, spontaneity.--From publisher description
Dead languages : a novel by David Shields( Book )

14 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in English and Dutch and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a young man who grows up stuttering so badly that he worships words
The inevitable : contemporary writers confront death by David Shields( Book )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Birth is not inevitable. Life certainly isn't. The sole inevitability of existence, the only sure consequence of being alive, is death. In these eloquent and surprising essays, twenty writers face this fact, among them Geoff Dyer, who describes the ghost bikes memorializing those who die in biking accidents; Jonathan Safran Foer, proposing a new way of punctuating dialogue in the face of a family history of heart attacks and decimation by the Holocaust; Mark Doty, whose reflections on the art-porn movie Bijou lead to a meditation on the intersection of sex and death epitomized by the AIDS epidemic; and Joyce Carol Oates, who writes about the loss of her husband and faces her own mortality. Other contributors include Annie Dillard, Diane Ackerman, Peter Straub, Brenda Hillman, and Terry Castle
Body politic : the great American sports machine by David Shields( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Body Politics, David Shields looks at contemporary America through the lens of professional and college sports."--Jacket
I think you're totally wrong : a quarrel by David Shields( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An impassioned, funny, probing, fiercely inconclusive, nearly-to-the-death debate, about life and art-cocktails included. Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life (he's a stay-at-home dad to three young girls). David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he has overcommitted to art. At antipodes since first meeting twenty-five years ago, they headed to a cabin in the Cascade Mountains and threw down. The focus? Life vs. Art. Over the next four days they played chess, shot hoops, hiked, relaxed in a hot tub, watched My Dinner with Andre, Sideways, The Trip, and talked about everything they could think of-genocide, marriage, sex, Toni Morrison, sports, porn, the death penalty, baldness, evil, James Wood, happiness, sports radio, George Bush, drugs, death, betrayal, alcohol, Rupert Murdoch, Judaism, bad book titles-in the name of exploring their central question. While confounding, as much as possible, the divisions between "reality" and "fiction" and between "life" and "art," their dialogue remains dazzlingly provocative and entertaining from start to finish"--
Black planet : facing race during an NBA season by David Shields( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the 1994-95 NBA season, Shields went to the Seattle SuperSonics' home games; watched their away games on TV; listened to interviews and call-in shows; talked, or tried to talk, to players, coaches, and agents; attended charity events; corresponded with members of the Sonics newsgroup on the Web. He kept a journal and over the next few years transformed that journal into this book, which is focused sharply on white spectators' relationship to black athletes, in particular Shields' own identification with Gary Payton, the team's language-besotted point-guard."--Jacket
Heroes : a novel by David Shields( Book )

5 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Other people : takes & mistakes by David Shields( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 person? How do we live through other people? Is it possible to fill the gap between people? If not, can art fill that gap? Grappling with these questions, David Shields gives us a book that is something of a revelation: seventy-plus essays, written over the last thirty-five years, reconceived and recombined to form neither a miscellany nor a memoir but a sustained meditation on otherness. The book is divided into five sections: Men, Women, Athletes, Performers, Alter Egos. Whether he is writing about sexual desire or information sickness, George W. Bush or Kurt Cobain, women's eyeglasses or Greek tragedy, Howard Cosell or Bill Murray, the comedy of high school journalism or the agony of first love, Shields's sustained, piercing focus is on the multiplicity of perspectives informing any situation, on the irreducible log jam of human information, and on the possibilities, and impossibilities, for human connection" --
Fakes : an anthology of pseudo-interviews, faux-lectures, quasi-letters, "found" texts, and other fraudulent artifacts( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two writers and professors present 40 short pieces of fiction that serve as humorous counterfeit texts, including a personal ad from Ron Carlson, a parking department complaint from Amy Hempel, and a list of works cited from Rick Moody
A handbook for drowning : stories by David Shields( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War is beautiful : the New York Times pictorial guide to the glamour of armed conflict* by David Shields( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 photo-editing process of the 'paper of record, ' by way of pretty, heroic, and lavishly aesthetic image selection, pulls the wool over the eyes of its readers; Shields forces us to face not only the media's complicity in dubious and catastrophic military campaigns but our own as well. This powerful media mouthpiece, the mighty Times, far from being a check on governmental power, is in reality a massive amplifier for its dark forces by virtue of the way it aestheticizes warfare. Anyone baffled by the willful American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan can't help but see in this book how eagerly and invariably the Times led the way in making the case for these wars through the manipulation of its visuals. Shields forces the reader to weigh the consequences of our own passivity in the face of these images' opiatic numbing. The photographs gathered in War Is Beautiful, often beautiful and always artful, are filters of reality rather than the documentary journalism they purport to be"--
Environmental cost accounting for chemical & oil companies : a benchmarking study by David Shields( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I think you're totally wrong : a quarrel by David Shields( Recording )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life (he's a stay-at-home dad to three young girls). David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he has overcommitted to art. At antipodes since first meeting twenty-five years ago, they headed to a cabin in the Cascade Mountains and threw down. The focus? Life vs. Art. Over the next four days they played chess, shot hoops, hiked, relaxed in a hot tub, watched My Dinner with Andre, Sideways, The Trip, and talked about everything they could think of--genocide, marriage, sex, Toni Morrison, sports, porn, the death penalty, baldness, evil, James Wood, happiness, sports radio, George Bush, drugs, death, betrayal, alcohol, Rupert Murdoch, Judaism, bad book titles--in the name of exploring their central question.--
Salinger by David Shields( Recording )

8 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Draws on extensive research and exclusive interviews to share previously undisclosed aspects of the enigmatic writer's life, from his private relationships and service in World War II to his legal concerns and innermost secrets
The thing about life is that one day you'll be dead by David Shields( Book )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author melds personal history with frank biological data about every stage of life, creating an "autobiography about my body" that seeks meaning in death, but moreover, life. Shields filters his frank--and usually foreboding--data through his own experience as a 51-year-old father with burgeoning back pain, contrasting his own gloomy tendencies with the defiant perspective of his own 97-year-old father, a man who has waged a lifelong, urgent battle against the infirmities of time.--From amazon.com
That thing you do with your mouth : the sexual autobiography of Samantha Matthews as told to David Shields by Samantha Matthews( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 of her startling sexual history. From her abuse at the hands of a family member to her present-day life in Barcelona, where she briefly moonlighted as a dubber of Italian pornography into English, Matthews reveals herself to be a darkly funny, deeply contemporary woman with a keen awareness of how her body has been routinely hijacked, and how she has been 'formatted' by her early trauma. Her story is a study of her uneasy relationships with female desire, her tormentors, and her lovers - with whom she seeks out both the infliction and receipt of harm. This book is an attempt, sometimes self-thwarted, to break down barriers: sexual and emotional for Matthews, literary for Shields. For Matthews and Shields, the only response to the unspeakable is to speak, to do that thing you do with your mouth, as directly and honestly as possible. Their provocative performance refuses neat resolution or emotional pornography; it will have readers, from literary critics to Jezebel commentators, raving, raging, celebrating, talking"--Page 2 of cover
I think you are totally wrong : a quarrel( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Loosely based on the book of the same name writers David Shields and his collaborator and fellow-combatant Caleb Powell decide to put their friendship on the line by spending four days together in a cabin in the Cascades. The men barely make it down the driveway before an argument breaks out. On the drive to the cabin things degenerate even further as they variously debate the idea of life versus art. On the first day of shooting an actual fight breaks out over what and who can be talked about in the course of the film with the director getting dragged into the mix along the way. As the three men and their respective egos circle and jab at each other you wait for someone to get punched in the face. The gladiatorial aspects of the film are only a beginning as the weekend continues something altogether more surprising happens - genuine and real communication
The name of the game is- tennis by David Shields( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life is short-- art is shorter : in praise of brevity by David Shields( Book )

5 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 an anthology, a course's worth of writing exercises, a rally for compression, concision, and velocity in an increasingly digital, post-religious age, and a meditation on the brevity of human existence
 
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Reality hunger : a manifesto
Alternative Names
David Shields Amerikaans schrijver

David Shields amerikansk författare

David Shields amerikansk skribent

David Shields US-amerikanischer Autor

Shields, David

دیوید شیلدز نویسنده آمریکایی

실즈, 데이비드 1956-

シールズ, デイヴィッド

大衛·席爾

Languages
English (197)

German (7)

Chinese (5)

Korean (4)

Dutch (1)

Covers
Dead languages : a novelThe inevitable : contemporary writers confront deathBody politic : the great American sports machineBlack planet : facing race during an NBA seasonHeroes : a novelThe thing about life is that one day you'll be deadEnough about you : adventures in autobiography