our favorite thing said about the newest issue (maybe any issue) yet (re: specifically, Rolf Potts’s “Remixing Reality”)
it is hard to describe my happiness at reading the David Shields response. This is the response that Reality Hunger needed, and I’m glad it came from you guys. Embedding the story (particularly that story) within the piece was genius because it demonstrates its point (rather than talking about what it wants to talk about), and the collage/plagiarism technique was utilized in a much more subtle and effective way than in Reality Hunger itself—it reads so cohesively, nothing tipped me off that they were pulled from other sources—and this is what makes the piece for me. Potts’ use of unattributed quotes ends up being an act of humility (since some of the best lines and ideas in the piece are actually his) and it reads as a collective work, whereas the pronounced lack of this kind of humility in Shields’ book is a big part of what makes one want to throw it out into traffic. All this just being a long-winded way of saying thanks for publishing this, and I look forward to reading the rest of the issue.