Every life, properly understood, is compelling. Anyone aspiring to be an artist knows there’s no such thing as why-bother or nothing-to-see.

David Shields

About David Shields

Portrait of David Shields

David Shields (born July 22, 1956) is an American writer and filmmaker who uses collage to destabilize genre. He is the author of twenty-two books, including Reality Hunger and The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead and the director of Lynch: A History. Shields’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Esquire, Yale Review, and dozens of other publications.A Guggenheim Fellow, twice an NEA Fellow, a PEN Revson Award winner, a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and the PEN USA Award, and a senior contributing editor of Conjunctions, Shields is a visiting professor in the Warren Wilson College Low-Residency MFA Program and in Vermont College of Fine Arts’s Low-Residency MFA Program. Since 2010, he has been the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington.

from Wikipedia

You may find more from David Shields on Wikiquote

More quotations tagged with “life”