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Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity

by David Shields

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I have yet to see what all the buzz is about David Shields. This is my second attempt at getting to the light. Though the first half of the book was rather interesting and held promise for me, I found the last half a bore and again rather pretentious. The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead was my first attempt at the work of David Shields and I found it grating in many regards. I will attempt another title soon, but I ask myself why in my quest to know not just myself but what drives this force I witness taking over the world of literature. I saw vignettes repeated in both these first books visited and wonder when does it end? ( )
  MSarki | Mar 31, 2013 |
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I joke among my friends -- who are almost all obsessed with making it big in the computer industry or the music business -- that Seattle is the land of Microsoft, Microbreweries, and Microcelebrities. David Shields, best known for his novels such as Dead Languages, has written a droll, sometime hilarious, and consistently important factual fiction about this pathological passion for celebrity. Remote seems to be based on the Socratic dictum that the unexamined life is not worth living. But unlike elitist social critics, Shields has had the courage to examine his own fascination with fame, instead of pointing an accusing finger at "them", whoever "they" might be. Like Neil Postman in Amusing Ourselves to Death, Shields seems to argue that it is we ourselves who are to blame for the cargo cult of fame, in which outriggers have been replaced by remote controls as the carriage of choice. Without worshippers, there cannot be deities -- and without channel surfers, there cannot be celebrities.

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