Author photo of David Shields, 2012.  

David Shields is the author of fifteen books, including Reality Hunger (named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications); The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead (New York Times bestseller); Black Planet (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award); and Remote (winner of the PEN/Revson Award). He has five more books being published over the next two years: I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel (forthcoming in January 2015 from Knopf and also as a film directed by James Franco); Life Is Short—Art Is Shorter: In Praise of Brevity (April 2015, Hawthorne); War Is Beautiful: A Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict (powerHouse Books, June 2015); That Thing You Do With Your Mouth (September 2015, McSweeney’s); and Other People: A Remix (Knopf). The recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and two NEA fellowships, Shields has published essays and stories in the New York Times MagazineHarper’sEsquireYale ReviewVillage VoiceSalonSlateMcSweeney’s, and Believer. His work has been translated into twenty languages.