Enough about You: Notes Toward the New Autobiography

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About the Author

David Shields is the author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto and The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, a New York Times bestseller. He is the author of eight other books, including Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages: A Novel, winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Yale Review, Village Voice, Salon, Slate, McSweeney's, and Utne Reader; he's written reviews for The New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Shields has received a Guggenheim fellowship, two NEA fellowships, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He lives with his wife and daughter in Seattle, where he is a professor in the English department at the University of Washington. Since 1996 he has also been a member of the faculty in Warren Wilson College's low-residency MFA Program for Writers, in Asheville, North Carolina. His work has been translated into fifteen languages.


Shields makes it easy to identify with his confusions and screw-ups and ambivalences, but his insightfulness and careful consideration are his canny talent. Gladdeningly inclusive, like a hug from Walt Whitman: declarative and fraught and good.--Kirkus Reviews

[A]n autobiography that complicates the process of autobiographical writing at every turn. If consciousness is irrevocably fragmented, Shields is pretty good at putting the pieces back together.--Elaine Blair, Newsday

Enough About You attempts to move beyond those self-created mythologies we save for first dates and talk show appearances. David Shields uses gimmicks and sidelong glances to catch the truth with its pants down.--Joy Press, Village Voice

Works because of the writer's fearless honesty . . . . Shields ditches the outside subject matter to confront his narcissism head-on, a particularly potent them in these self-absorbed times.--J. Peder Zane, Raleigh News & Observer

Based on two puckish tenets: 'What I ultimately believe in is talking about everything until you're blue in the face' and 'If I'm not writing it down, experience doesn't really register.' Shields's apologia for the genre is also a work of literary criticism.--Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker