Remixing Reality: Art and Literature for the 21st Century
with David Shields
For decades, literary critics have been questioning the relevance of the novel as a literary form, with some going so far as to declare its death. But if the novel is dead, it’s not clear what new form can take its place. Should we treat the popularity of the memoir as a sign that what readers want is more truth, less fiction? Or is the memoir, like ‘reality TV,’ mostly just fiction dressed up as fact? In these fragmented times, when everything has already been said or done before, can there be any truly original innovations in literature? Or is the demand for originality itself an antiquated idea? John and Ken mix it up with David Shields, Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington and author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto.
Come see John, Ken, the Roving Philosophical Reporter, the Sixty-Second Philosopher, and live musical guests the Plāto'nes as they question everything... except your intelligence.