As a professor and novelist, David Shields collects quotes and book excerpts that spur him to reflection and even inspiration. This spring, that habit produces the surprisingly controversial new work, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, which Shields discussed with Chris Kenneally during a break at the recent OnCopyright 2010 conference.
Legal concerns aside, Shields claims the collection as his. “The book is a demonstration of open source texting… I didn’t start out with some great political, cultural, social, legal agenda.”
“Basically, art has always been theft… as Picasso said.”