[☆ How Literature Saved My Life || ✓ PDF Read by É David Shields] #2020

  • Title: How Literature Saved My Life
  • Author: David Shields
  • ISBN: 9780307961525
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Hardcover

  • How Literature Saved My Life By David Shields Blending confessional criticism and anthropological autobiography, Shields explores the power of literature from Blaise Pascal s Pens es to Maggie Nelson s Bluets, Renata Adler s Speedboat to Proust s Remembrance of Things Past to make life survivable, maybe even endurable Shields evokes his deeply divided personality his ridiculous ambivalence , his character flaws,Blending confessional criticism and anthropological autobiography, Shields explores the power of literature from Blaise Pascal s Pens es to Maggie Nelson s Bluets, Renata Adler s Speedboat to Proust s Remembrance of Things Past to make life survivable, maybe even endurable Shields evokes his deeply divided personality his ridiculous ambivalence , his character flaws, his woes, his serious despairs Books are his life raft, but when they come to feel un lifelike and archaic, he revels in a new kind of art that is based heavily on quotation and consciousness And he shares with us a final irony he wants literature to assuage human loneliness, but nothing can assuage human loneliness Literature doesn t lie about this which is what makes it essential.
    David Shields
    David Shields is the author of fourteen books, including Reality Hunger Knopf, 2010 , which was named one of the best books of 2010 by than thirty publications GQ called it the most provocative, brain rewiring book of 2010 the New York Times called it a mind bending manifesto His previous book, The Thing About Life Is That One Day You ll Be Dead Knopf, 2008 , was a New York Times bestseller His other books include Black Planet Facing Race During an NBA Season, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award Remote Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity, winner of the PEN Revson Award and Dead Languages A Novel, winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper s, Yale Review, Believer, Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney s, and Utne Reader he s written reviews for the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Boston Globe, and Philadelphia Inquirer His work has been translated into fifteen languages.

    How Literature Saved My Life By David Shields


    Chad Post
    David Shields s books have the power to change the way you approach all art What separates us is not what happens to us Pretty much the same things happen to most of us birth, love, bad driver s license photos, death What separates us is how each of us thinks about what happens to us That s what I want to hear Building on Reality Hunger s polemical call for the lyrical essay a blending of fiction and fact and autobiography and fraud How Literature Saved My Life presents an ambivalence about damn [...]

    Justin Evans
    I m trying to write an actual paper incorporating my complaints about this book For now, here s a first draft of those complaints This is absolutely not the place for such a piece, but I don t want to write another version of it specially for David Shields, Art and Life s Big ProblemsThe misuse of wordsI, and people like me, get pleasure from learning a thing s name than from learning about the thing itself When my then girlfriend offered me a potato pancake, I wasn t too impressed, even though [...]

    I didn t get it.Like, at all Maybe the author s analytical philosophizing was too intellectual for my brain Or maybe there really wasn t much to get from the disjointed, reminiscent ramblings and literary musings of a burnt out from life author Strangely though, I kind of want to try one of his other books How can I describe this book It was like peeking in the head of someone with severe ADD I really liked this one book because hey guess what I had a lot of sex in college Speaking of college, t [...]

    Chronicles the endemic disease of our time the difficulty of feeling How many times can we say after reading a book that we want to at the very least start back to page 1 and read it again, or at the other extreme, memorize it But that is what happens after luxuriating in the prose of David Shields newest book, HOW LITERATURE SAVED MY LIFE.This is a series of thoughts and reactions and ruminations on language, on fellow writers, on love, on the process of thinking, on life as he lives it and as [...]

    Erin O'Riordan
    Remember the Simpsons episode in which Bart sold his soul He dreamed of an afterlife that could only be reached by rowboat, and the rowboat was only functional and useful for reaching the afterlife to those whose doubles, their souls, accompanied them Bart had no soul, no double, so his boat could only limp around in a sad circle David Shields believes that literature is, like Bart Simpson s soul, both a reflection of one s self for the reader as much as for the writer he ll only accept literatu [...]

    How could I resist a book titled How Literature Saved My Life I couldn t and I didn t Of course, the title is a come on the book flap quotes Shields, who writes that he wanted literature to assuage human loneliness but nothing can assuage human loneliness Literature doesn t lie about this which is what makes it essential Those words, I will later discover, are the last in the book And it s quite a journey getting there Even though I end up rejecting Shields grim literary and world view for him t [...]

    maybe this didn t completely scramble my atoms as much as REALITY HUNGER, but even so, here s the thingWe had just watched LIBERAL ARTS the night before I started this book In it, there s this scene between the main character and this mopey, college kid, a conversation about INFINITE JEST, though the books is never named A DFW aphorism is mentioned, and it haunted my entire reading of this book, even though it s not explicitly mentioned in connection to the book until very near the end Wallace, [...]

    Ted Burke
    I have the book and I can t say that I was all that impressed Shields has a good way with a phrase, but his inquiries into how we should write in the current time seems less revolutionary than they are notes for a memoir he should finally write Writing about writing is a domain long established and I don t see Shields as the new Roland Barthes What some see as dangerous ideas I see as someone stalling on the question as to whether he can develop his own thesis without a constant citation of bett [...]

    Dillard establishes the problem, deepens the problem, suggests solutions, explores the permutations of these solutions, argues against and finally undermines these solutions, returning us to the problem pretty much the M.O of this book as well David Shields, HOW LITERATURE SAVED MY LIFEShields offers a meditation on the current state of literature via works and writers he admires, his treatises on what works of literature should must do, his assessment of our tweeterized culture moment, and his [...]

    This book was aimless It s like the author saved little snippets of his own writing over the course of a decade and then compiled and published them Granted, it was mostly book centric, but the title implies something about this book that it just doesn t live up to The majority of it is filled with quotes from other authors and books, while Shields offers up a, Yeah Cool A lot of people seem to like this, though, which makes me wonder if maybe it s just because they think that if this guy can wr [...]

    Mark Stevens
    All criticism is a form of autobiography That s the first line from How Literature Saved My Life Every book recommendation says something about the recommender.So I m going to strongly urge that you read this book but don t hold it against me if you don t like it I can t imagine a breezier, easier way to think about good books and, just as much, why we read and what we expect to experience How Literature Saved My Life rockets along, mixing thoughtful bits of insight about Shields favorite books [...]

    a myth is an attempt to reconcile an intolerable contradictionat is indeed likely yet in furtherance of the ever elusive reconciliation of contradictions are there, in fact, tolerable ones to be found , onward we go constructing new myths and narratives to ease or assuage our individual and collective cognitive dissonances why escape if it s only to learn that outside the prison walls awaits another jail the truth is often captivating in the obsolete sense myths needn t be mere stories the pote [...]

    Not my cup of teaIn this series of essays author David Shields examines what he s learned from great literature for this he includes texts as varied as Spiderman and ancient Greek drama then applies it to his personal life and the general human condition Since literature has also been an important part of my life I studied the classic Great Books during my four years of college and reading has almost been a religion for me most of my life I expected to enjoy this book, but it was hit and miss Th [...]

    Jayne Bowers
    Although my preconceived ideas about what this book was about were dashed right away, I found How Literature Saved my Life to be thought provoking, informative, and even amusing at times The author kept my interest throughout the book, and one reason is because I never knew what he was going to say next.Some of the things I particularly liked are the quotes from writers and philosophers, his honesty in writing about his own angst and observations, the tiny photographs at the beginning of each ch [...]

    Heidi McElrath
    The best word I can think of to describe this book is arrogant The only book worth reading any is the kind of book only I am currently writing And even I am fighting everyone tooth and nail to let me write it Shields has an overwhelming obsession with David Foster Wallace it seems subtext to almost every line There are some lovely turns of phrase and interesting ideas, but I spent most of the book wanting to punch the author in the face.

    David Shields is a contemporary essayist and fiction writer His first novel, Dead Languages, is notable, as are his collections of essays I chose to read this book with the expectation that the main focus would be on literature I was frustrated with some aspects of the book in the early going, but ultimately found Shields personal views on literature and its ability to save or perhaps not save his life to be challenging and valuable Throughout the book he turns quotation, memory, anecdotes and c [...]

    Shields s eye rolling hyperbolic assertions are irritating and sometimes just silly, but he makes me ask myself questions about what I look for in literature I think he s correct that the fiction non fiction divide is arbitrary, and like him I prefer windowpane literature Zadie Smith s term, if I m not mistaken But I can still tolerate appreciate fiction than Shields can he s out there When I listened to Shields give a Bat Segundo podcast interview for Reality Hunger a couple of years ago, I th [...]

    Phil Semler
    I never met a contradiction I didn t like That s Shield s premise Of course, literature cannot save a life, not even his Unless he makes a living from literature as a writer and teacher I suppose that s a way Shields acknowledges many don t have the patience or time or brain power or interest in literature any so it s dying, but his alternative the non fiction fiction postmodernist kind of book doesn t work for me You can only read so much Geoff Dyer or Sebald or or watch Sherman s Watch so many [...]

    A rambling tour through David Shields s neurotic, collagist mind I found myself marveling that someone would be so embarrassingly, publicly candid, but I also respect the way Shields s mind works Sheila Heti once said in an interview I m paraphrasing from memory that fiction disgusts her the process of coming up with fake people and putting them through made up circumstances when there are real experiences and feelings available for mining I thought it was a stupid comment at the time, but after [...]

    It is weird to read Shields work nearly 30 years after being in one of his writing classes in the mid80s Some of his touchstones remained, seemingly unchanged, after all that time He is still obsessed with lists of things, which somehow makes me happy As for this book, I think it is a good, fast, interesting read, but I doubt it is for everyone As much as anything a great mish mash of other books about the purpose of art literature and how to try to live life If nothing else, I want to track dow [...]

    Richard Bardon
    All criticism is a form of biography.This is how David Shields opens his new memoir novel collection of essays piece of criticism book, How Literature Saved My Life The only genre that David Shields work fits into and he makes this abundantly clear through his written persona is that of a book in the plainest sense These are his thoughts, written down, bound or I suppose scanned and PDF ized , and sold through various online and brick and mortar retailers In his previous work, Remote 1996 , Blac [...]

    Ignacio Irulegui
    aHay autores que llegan en el momento justo, es decir, cuando se los necesita Exactamente eso me ha sucedido con David Shields mi inter s por la b squeda experimental, por aquellas obras que ampl en los m rgenes del g nero y desaf en los est ndares, encontr en Shields un estandarte, un guerrero, alguien con una convicci n f rrea en llevar adelante un proyecto literario sumamente personal.b Qu es How Literature Saved My Life La respuesta no es sencilla, porque si de algo se trata es, justamente, [...]

    Sigrun Hodne
    How literature might have saved the life of David Shields even if he can t explain it yet I have finally read David Shields He is one to read in our time or isn t he How Literature Saved My Life is a collage of thoughts, a collection of things David Shields enjoys reading, watching, and thinking about, assembled loosely by theme, with the overarching message that he loves literature.I have noted that some critics praise him for his uncanny ability to tap into the short attention span of modern c [...]

    Mr Shields understood that he was not alone when he read literature When I can t sleep, I get up and pull a book off the shelves There are no than thirty writers I can reliably turn to in this situation, and Salinger is still one of them I ve read each of his books at least a dozen times What is it in his work that offers such solace at 3 00 A.M of the soul For me, it s how his voice, to a different degree and in a different way in every book, talks back to itself, how it listens to itself talk [...]

    Patricia Murphy
    I ll quote Shields from page 201 of HLSML to give what seems to me a clear theme for this book Stoicism is of no use to me What I m a big believer in is talking about everything until you re blue in the face And that s what HLSML does, much as Reality Hunger did For Shields, literature is dialogue He s not solitary in creating a book He s entering a big conversation I recently watched this video called The Amount of Stuff Our Bodies Make in a Year, and it seems to me that Shields oeuvre manages [...]

    I m giving this four stars because I like the writing, and because Shields does make some very witty, astute observations But I have to say that it s not a four star book overall It s not even a coherent essay As a collection of biographical moments, as a set of bits of memoir, there are some very well done things here But Shields has no overarching thesis here, and even in the final chapter, when he does purport to tell us how literature saved his life , there s no real focus There are some goo [...]

    A really wonderful mix of personal essay and fanatical reading journal lit crit David likes to champion the underdogs and the risk takers in the world of fiction and memoir It s a refreshing approach he s not just spotlighting the contemporary favorites, he s digging deep and using his favorite obscurities and lesser knowns as a mirror on his own work My favorite parts reading his girlfriend s journal in college, the similarities he has to George W Bush, and his thoughts on Frederick Barthelme s [...]

    Shields has a way of baring and bearing his soul but leaving his soul concealed at the same time More books to come from the concealed part This book has some brilliant passages and a few cringers Not sure he ever means to prove his thesis Both thesis and proof morph in interesting ways.

    Such dazzling intelligence and razor sharp lucidity in such a small work Filled to the brim with insightful comments about life books language writing mortality, I give it five stars in spite of the fact that I still radically disagree with Shields on the value and importance of classically written novels today The book also added thirty books to my to read list Bliss.

    I love David Shields collage projects and I love that he loves David Markson and Renata Adler but just as in Vila Matas I love only the passages where he s quoting others because just as in Vila Matas the passages where he s not quoting others are too often too clunky for my so called taste.

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