Astonished, Intoxicated, Ecstatic, David Shields’ Reality Hunger Gets a Table at The New School

Renowned author David Shields will read and talk about his latest book Reality Hunger at The New School on Friday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Theresa Lang Community Center, 55 West 13th Street.

I’ve just finished reading Reality Hunger and I’m lit up by it, astonished, intoxicated, ecstatic, overwhelmed,, writes novelist Jonathan Lethem. Fresh from his acclaimed exploration of mortality in the genre-defying, best-selling The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead, Shields has produced an open call for new literary and other art forms to match the complexities of the 21st century. Converts will see Reality Hunger as a call to arms; detractors will view it as an occasion to defend the status quo. It is certain to be one of the most controversial and talked-about books of the season.

Admission is free to students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID. Shields will be a visiting writer at the 2010 Summer Writer’s Colony, June 7-24, 2010. To learn more about this colony, which features workshops and literary salons with New School faculty members and visiting writers, please visit: www.newschool.edu/summerwriters/.