Town Hall First Hill
Tue., June 6, 7:30 p.m. 2017
There's enough going on in Seattle's literary scene that not having heard of a specific writer isn't necessarily a flaw or fault. But if you don't know about David Shields, you've got your head in the sand. He's UW's Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, and, more importantly, a prolific author who has had his hand in a massive number of high-profile projects. He's been working steadily for decades, but just since 2015, he published an intellectual "quarrel" with Caleb Powell titled I Think You're Totally Wrong (which he followed up with a film adaptation directed by James Franco), edited an anthology on concision titled Life Is Short—Art Is Shorter: In Praise of Brevity, cowrote a "sexual autobiography" of actress and voice-over artist Samantha Matthews, created something like an art book (a compilation of reviews of New York Times war photographs), and has just released a new book about language, reading, perception, and culture called Other People: Takes & Mistakes, a collection of essays divided into the categories "Men," "Women," "Athletes," "Performers," and "Alter Egos." Hear from Shields about this new work, which is certainly full of artistic, philosophical musings and illuminating stories. Shields will be joined by author Claire Dederer (Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning).
Christopher Frizzelle (who will be interviewing Shields in a post-talk discussion at the Cloud Room) wrote the following about Shields' new book: "One would assume from a title like Other People that David Shields's latest book is about how hellish humans are, but surprisingly it turns out to be the opposite: a book about expressing love. His love for his parents, his love of Bill Murray, his love for his wife, his love of Charles Barkley, radio listeners' love for Delilah, TV audiences' love for Oprah..."