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“Woe-is-me is not an attractive narrative.”

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source: “A Storyteller Loses the Story Line,” The New York Times, June 1, 2010.

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“As a work gets more autobiographical, more intimate, more confessional, more embarrassing, it breaks into fragments. Our lives aren’t prepackaged along narrative lines and, therefore, by its very nature, reality-based art—underprocessed, underproduced—splinters and explodes.”

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source: David Shields, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010), 27.

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medium: nonfiction

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