Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-interviews, Faux-lectures, Quasi-letters, "Found" Texts (and Other Fraudulent Artifacts)Paperback
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- Publisher: WW Norton & Co
- Format: Paperback | 368 pages
- Dimensions: 144mm x 210mm x 28mm | 381g
- Publication date: 26 November 2012
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 039334195X
- ISBN 13: 9780393341959
- Edition statement: New.
- Sales rank: 408,140
In our bureaucratised culture, we're inundated by documents: itineraries, instruction manuals, permit forms, reports, accidentally forwarded e-mail, traffic updates, ad infinitum. David Shields and Matthew Vollmer have gathered forty short fictions that they find to be seriously hilarious and irresistibly teachable (in both writing and literature courses): counterfeit texts that capture the suppressed frustration and yearning that percolate just below the surface of most official documents. The innovative stories collected in Fakes trace the increasingly blurry line between fact and fiction and exemplify a crucial form for our time.
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David Shields, the author of Reality Hunger, is the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington. Matthew Vollmer is the author of Future Missionaries of America and a professor at Virginia Tech.