David Shields Quotes.

1. "Anything processed by memory is fiction."
- Quote by David Shields

2. "No one was dancing, least of all us, because I don't dance in public. My body's a private thing; it doesn't belong to the world at large."
- David Shields, A Handbook for Drowning: Stories

3. "When will you stop laughing at misery? I'm so sick and tired of your pseudo-strength. All I want you to do is laugh at what is funny and cry at what isn't, but you won't do that, will you?"
- David Shields, A Handbook for Drowning: Stories

4. "IT’S HARDLY a coincidence that Shipping Out, Wallace’s most well-known essay, appeared only a month before Infinite Jest, his most well-known novel, was published. Both are about the same thing (amusing ourselves to death), with different governing données (lethally entertaining movie, lethally pampering leisure cruise). In an interview after the novel came out, Wallace, asked what’s so great about writing, said that we’re existentially alone on the planet—I can’t know what you’re thinking and feeling, and you can’t know what I’m thinking and feeling—so writing, at its best, is a bridge constructed across the bridge of human loneliness."
- David Shields, How Literature Saved My Life

5. "Samuel Johnson: A book should either allow us to escape existence or teach us how to endure it ."
- David Shields, How Literature Saved My Life

6. "I wanted literature to assuage human loneliness, but nothing can assuage human loneliness. Literature doesn't lie about this --which is wha makes it essential."
- David Shields, How Literature Saved My Life

7. "Writers who complain most vociferously about the way their work has been pigeonholed because of a particular personal attribute—their race, say, or sexual orientation, or even their physical beauty—are always the writers whose work (the reception to whose work) has most directly benefited from this attribute."
- David Shields, Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity

8. "Copies have been dethroned; the economic model built on them is collapsing. In a regime of superabundant free copies, copies are no longer the basis of wealth. Now relationships, links, connections, and sharing are. Value has shifted away from a copy toward the many ways to recall, annotate, personalize, edit, authenticate, display, mark, transfer, and engage a work. Art is a conversation, not a patent office. The citation of sources belongs to the realms of journalism and scholarship, not art. Reality can’t be copyrighted."
- David Shields, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

9. "Story seems to say that everything happens for a reason and I want to say, No, it doesn’t."
- David Shields, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

10. "He who follows another will never overtake him."
- David Shields, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

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