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June 21 2010 9:31 AM

The Audio Book Club on Reality Hunger

Our critics discuss David Shields' new manifesto.

Reality Hunger.

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This month, the Audio Book Club discusses David Shields' Reality Hunger: A Manifesto. Composed of 618 fragments, many of them unattributed quotations, Reality Hunger is Shields' attempt to bring the novel up to date. Musicians "sample," documentarians mix news footage with interviews—shouldn't authors experiment with appropriation as well? Our critics' first question: Is this really a "manifesto"? Meghan O'Rourke, Jody Rosen, and Troy Patterson are all a bit skeptical of Shields's project.

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By the way, Troy Patterson would like to note that his head was full of pollen on the day of recording and was therefore rather grouchy. He stands by his comments but acknowledges he was in a generally rude state of mind.

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Meghan O'Rourke is Slate's culture critic and an advisory editor. She was previously an editor at The New Yorker. The Long Goodbye, a memoir about her mother's death, is now out in paperback.

Troy Patterson is Slate's writer at large and writes the Gentleman Scholar column.

Jody Rosen is a Slate contributor.

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