A representation of David Shields' Reality Hunger,
a manifesto about remixing, plagiarism, non-fiction,
reality, and the culture of appropriation.


Kevin Kelly, "Scan This Book," New York Times

The only way for books to retain their waning authority in our culture is to wire texts into this library. The reign of the copy is no match for the bias of technology. All new works will be born digital, and they will flow into the library as you might add more words to a long story. In the clash between the conventions of the book and the protocols of the screen, the screen will prevail. On this screen, now visible to a billion people, the technology of search will transform isolated books into the universal library of all human knowledge.

A - overture

B - memesis

C - books for people who find television too slow

D - trials by google

E - reality

F - memory

G - blur

H - now

I - the reality-based community

J - hip-hop

K - reality tv

L - collage

M - in praise of brevity

N - genre

O - contradiction

P - doubt

Q - thinking

R - autobio

S - persona

T - ds

U - alone

V - it is much more important to be oneself than anything else

W - risk

X - let me tell you what your book is about

Y - manifesto

Z - coda