Report: A Modern Good

Panel Discussion: The Good of the Novel London Review Bookshop 16th May 2011 Max Liu “The novel has always meant freedom to me,” says James Wood, at the start of tonight’s discussion at the London Review Bookshop. Wood is here, along with three other panelists, to discuss issues raised in The Good of the Novel, a collection of essays by eminent critics about some of … Continue reading Report: A Modern Good

The Thing About Life is That One Day You’ll Be Dead By David Shields

The Thing About Life is That One Day You’ll Be Dead By David Shields Penguin Books; Paperback; 225 pages; ISBN: 978 0 241 95029 6; Price: £8.99 Sara Veale At the forefront of David Shields’ The Thing About Life is That One Day You’ll Be Dead (2008) is a terse mantra that, for all its simplicity, remains anything but casual: ‘Accept death’. Accept the inevitable, … Continue reading The Thing About Life is That One Day You’ll Be Dead By David Shields

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Reality Hunger by David Shields

Reality Hunger by David Shields Hamish Hamilton; Hardback; 240 pages; Price £17.99; ISBN 9780241144992 Dan Eltringham First, a series of radical pronouncements: narrative prose fiction has ‘never seemed less central to the culture’s sense of itself’; the ‘novel qua novel is a form of nostalgia’; and, more generally, ‘forms serve the culture; when they die, they die for a good reason: because they’re no longer … Continue reading Reality Hunger by David Shields