Paperback reissued by Vintage on Nov. 5.
Toby Lichtig, [London] Times Literary Supplement:
“Shields . . . is the real thing, someone who knows how to read deeply as well as widely . . . [He] is above all a literature obsessive . . . and his enthusiasm is one of the many delightful things about this book. . . . This book is crammed with insights, memorable questions, microcosmic anecdotes and wit . . . The author is admirably honest . . . provocative, learned . . . The written word, for Shields, is everything, and his urge to record experience chimes well with an age of live tweeting and recurrent status updates . . . [an] invigorating . . . trip . . . David Shields leaves us fired with ideas, wanting to see and read more widely . . .”