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    DescriptionIn this truly one-of-a-kind book, the author/narrator - a representative, in extremis, of contemporary American obsession with beauty, celebrity, transmitted image - finds himself suspended, fascinated, in the remoteness of our wall-to-wall mediascape. It is a remoteness that both perplexes and enthralls him. Through dazzling sleight of hand in which the public becomes private and the private becomes public, the entire book - clicking from confession to family-album photograph to family chronicle to sexual fantasy to pseudo-scholarly footnote to reportage to personal essay to stand-up comedy to cultural criticism to literary criticism to film criticism to prose-poem to litany to outtake - becomes both an anatomy of American culture and a searing self-portrait. David Shields reads his own life - reads our life - as if it were an allegory about remoteness and finds persuasive, hilarious, heartbreaking evidence wherever he goes.


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    Title
    Remote
    Subtitle
    Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Shields, Foreword by Phillip Lopate
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 180
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 212 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780299193645
    ISBN 10: 0299193640
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25580
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DNF
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: SOC052000
    B&T General Subject: 750
    DC21: 818.5407
    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000
    DC22: 813/.54
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    LC classification: PS3569.H4834 Z476 2004
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: DNL
    Illustrations note
    57 b&w photographs
    Publisher
    University of Wisconsin Press
    Imprint name
    University of Wisconsin Press
    Publication date
    30 September 2003
    Publication City/Country
    Wisconsin
    Author Information
    David Shields is the author of three other nonfiction books, Black Planet (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award), Enough About You, and Baseball is Just Baseball; two novels, Dead Languages and Heroes; and a collection of connected stories, A Handbook for Drowning. His essays and stories have appeared in dozens of periodicals, including the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Yale Review, Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweency's, and Utne Reader. He lives in Seattle, where he is professor of English at the University of Washington.
    Review quote
    "An extraordinary book--wholly absorbing, brilliant, and utterly Shields's own. Early on, I thought of the word 'extrospective' to describe its wonderfully paradoxical method: one follows a character who is built out of the transient material of American popular culture but who turns into as singular a voice and (all irony intended) 'personality' as anyone now writing in America." --Jonathan Raban