Remixing Reality - Art and Literature for the 21st Century
Sunday, April 16, 2017
First Aired: 
Sunday, August 17, 2014

What is it

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 art and literature? Or is the demand for originality itself an antiquated idea? John and Ken mix it up with David Shields, author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto. This program was recorded live at the First Congregational Church in Portland, Oregon.

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David Shields, Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington

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MUSIC: The Plāto'nes, Strawberry Fields Forever

MUSIC: The Plāto'nes, Ghost Riders in the Sky

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Elise Sugarman

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