Saturday, May 21, 2016
Last week I had the pleasure of being able to interview David Shields, the New York Times bestselling author of such books as Reality Hunger: A Manifesto (2010) and the very frank and unapologetic nonfiction book--with its eye-stopping title--The Thing about Life is that One Day You'll be Dead (2008). I know few writers who would let me know, within the first 10 pages of a book, that “over the course of [my] life, [I am] likely to take about 850 million breaths” (The One Thing 10), but Shields is just such a writer. A true advocate for "literary collage" or for evolving beyond our more traditional ideas of writing our stories through a narrative frame with a clear beginning, middle and end, Shields is an intriguing commentator on what it means to write meaningfully in our fast-paced, reality-blurred and digitally-infused times. Here is a link to my "nano-interview" with him for The Rivard Report, published on May 10th, 2016: War is Beautiful author David Shields Coming to San Antonio.