BTB #161: For Quotations, Shields Chooses Ecstasy Over Anxiety

Reality Hunger: A ManifestoDavid ShieldsAs 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.

Reality Hunger: A ManifestoLegal 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.”

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