Articles by David Shields

May 17, 2010

Long Live the Anti-Novel, Built from Scraps 68

The author of Reality Hunger explains it all for you: “When I began, I was just trying to follow the Kafka dictum ‘A book should be an axe to break the frozen sea within us.'”

May 17, 2010

All Great Works of Literature Either Dissolve a Genre or Invent One: A Reading List 13

“A contemplation of Dyer, Markson, and Coetzee, three books that embody my aesthetic really, really well, plus many additional titles to explore.”

December 9, 2009

A Year in Reading: David Shields 1

I reread this book seemingly monthly, attempting–futilely–to figure out how he managed this brief, perfect magic trick.