Biography

David Shields

David Shields is the author of 15 books, including the New York Times bestseller THE THING ABOUT LIFE IS THAT ONE DAY YOU'LL BE DEAD; REALITY HUNGER, named one of the best books of 2010 by more than 30 publications; and BLACK PLANET, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has been translated into 20 languages.

David Shields

Books by David Shields

by David Shields and Caleb Powell - Literary Criticism

Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life, whereas his former professor David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he overcommitted to art. Shields and Powell spend four days together at a cabin in the Cascade Mountains, talking about everything they can think of in the name of exploring and debating their central question (life and/or art?): marriage, family, sports, sex, happiness, drugs, death, betrayal --- and, of course, writers and writing.

by David Shields and Shane Salerno - Biography, Nonfiction

In the eight years since SALINGER was begun, and especially in the three years since J.D. Salinger’s death, David Shields and Shane Salerno interviewed on five continents more than 200 people, many of whom had previously refused to go on the record about their relationship with Salinger. This oral biography offers direct eyewitness accounts from Salinger’s World War II brothers-in-arms, his family members, his close friends, his lovers, his classmates, his neighbors, his editors, his publishers, and more.

by David Shields - Essays, Nonfiction

Blending confessional criticism and anthropological autobiography, David Shields explores the power of literature to make life survivable, maybe even endurable. He evokes his deeply divided personality, character flaws, woes, and serious despairs. Books are his life, but when they come to feel unlifelike and archaic, he revels in a new kind of art that is based heavily on quotation and consciousness and self-consciousness.