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David Shields is the author of *Black Planet: Facing Race during an NBA Season*, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, *Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity*, winner of the PEN/Revson Award, *Dead Languages: A Novel*, winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, and *The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead*, a New York Times bestseller. Shields has received a Guggenheim fellowship, two NEA fellowships and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and his essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Yale Review, Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney's, and Utne Reader. He is a professor in the English department at the University of Washington. His latest book, *Reality Hunger: A Manifesto*, declares that the novel as we know it is dead. One of the most talked about and provocative books of the year, *Reality Hunger* has been called "a literary battle cry for the creation of a new genre" (The Atlantic), "thrilling to read, even if you disagree with much of it" (Zadie Smith).