Finished David Shield’s Other People: Takes and Mistakes. Finished is not entirely truthful. I read his latest essay collection selectively. Skipped some of the sports stuff (though I love the idiom-listing of “Words Can’t Describe What I’m Feeling”. The same works well in “Life Story”.)

That I skipped passages that didn’t keep my interest in favour of those that did is, I think, the kind of reading Shields respects. I hope so.

I respect, and enjoy, his writing. Reality Hunger. I Think You’re Totally Wrong. And a title any writer, teacher, or actor would be drawn to: How Literature Saved My Life.

Shields is eminently quotable. I’ll let him have the last word:

“Food, they say, is a substitute for love; so, they should say, is everything else.”


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