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David Shields
Enough About You: Notes Toward the New Autobiography
 
 
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David Shields. Ross McElwee, foreword.
Publisher Soft Skull  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9781593762193
Pages/Publication Date 177/2002
Daedalus Item Code 32377
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What does it mean to construct a self? What does it mean to turn your life into a narrative? What is gained, and what's lost? What lies inevitably are told, and what deeper truths are reached? This book has no answers to these questions. But it does frame them and ask them in a more overt, honest, precise, and provocative way than is generally attempted. With moving, often hilarious candor, David Shields explores the connections between fiction and nonfiction, stuttering and writing, literary forms and literary contents, art and life. In this meta-autobiography he confronts bad reviews of his earlier books, examines why he read a college girlfriend's journal, and raids a wide range of cultural figures—from Rousseau, Nabokov, and Salinger to Bill Murray, Adam Sandler, and Bobby Knight—for what they have to tell him about himself.

"Based on two puckish tenets: 'What I ultimately believe in is talking about everything until you're blue in the face,' and 'If I'm not writing it down, experience doesn't really register,' Shields's apologia for the genre is also a work of literary criticism."—The New Yorker

 
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