David Shields is the best-selling author of twenty 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 Best-Seller) and "Black Planet" (finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award). Recently published is "War is Beautiful". "Other People: Takes & Mistakes" is forthcoming in February 2017.
In "Other People", David Shields gives us a book that is something of a revelation: seventy-plus essays, written over the last thirty-five years, reconceived and recombined to form neither a miscellany nor a memoir but a sustained meditation on otherness. The book is divided into five sections: Men, Women, Athletes, Performers, Alter Egos. Whether he is writing about sexual desire or information sickness, George W. Bush or Kurt Cobain, women's eyeglasses or Greek tragedy, Howard Cosell or Bill Murray, the comedy of high school journalism or the agony of first love, Shields's sustained, piercing focus is on the multiplicity of perspectives informing any situation, on the irreducible log jam of human information, and on the possibilities, and impossibilities, for human connection.
The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, Shields has published essays and stories the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Esquire, The Yale Review, Village Voice, Salon, Slate Mcsweeney's and Believer. His work has been translated into twenty languages.