Biography

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.