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The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present (Paperback)

by Phillip Lopate

The Shoddy Afterlife of a Reality Hunger Appropriation 7

Let's review: David Shields extracts Paul Elie's quote from a larger narrative, changes the words, and purges any reference to the ideas' original source: Walker Percy. Then Gideon Lewis-Kraus quotes Shields's misquote of Elie, contradicts his misquote, and characterizes what he wrongly alleges Elie having written as a “shoddy lament.” But no citations; this is art.