Started the latest David Shields book Other People: Takes and Mistakes. Guiltily, as I have Margaret Atwood’s Hag Seed half completed at home, and am also rifling through possible plays for next year’s school play. My tastes are catholic, as are my reading habits.

So hard to categorize Shields’s work. #Literary criticism? Cultural essays? I didn’t even know where to find him in the bookstore. (You don’t need to know this online, but in an old fashioned brick and mortar store, you do. I found the book under “Essays”.)

All I know is, his endless referencing of writers and their works makes me want to read them, as well as Shields himself.

I can’t say I necessarily want to read Shields more than once, but his nudging me to read someone or something he has mentioned makes me feel like I have.


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