Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, by David Shields

I’m not going to review this book because I think it is simply a presentation of sheer and utter genius, and any remarks that I make about it will not do it justice. For those interested in the great fiction vs nonfiction debate, I’d definitely recommend it. And anyone who wants to expand their mind to ideas about culture and literature should also give it a read! But for now I give you a few memorable quotes, and hopefully give you all something to think about or a starting point to inspire you :)

“Anything processed by memory is fiction.”

“Nonfiction writers imagine. Fiction writers invent.”

“Our culture is obsessed with real events because we experience hardly any.”

“We like nonfiction because we live in fictitious times.”

“Art is theft.”

“How can we enjoy memoirs, believing them to be true, when nothing, as everyone knows, is so unreliable as memory.”

“The novel is dead. Long live the anti-novel, built from scraps.”

“One basic meaning of narrative: to create time where there was none. A fiction writer who tells stories is a maker of time. Not liking a story might be akin to not believing in its depiction of time.”

“Consciously or unconsciously, we manipulate our memories to include or omit certain aspects. Are our memories therefore fiction?”

“Time must die.”


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