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Shields essay “Reality Hunger: A Manifesto: Why The Lyric Essay Is Better Than Fiction” was an interesting read. His careful way of differing between a lyric essay and a fiction was straightforward for the reader to understand. However, his article is bigger than just being a writer. It’s about being an artist. A lyric essay is supposed to start out with something real to relate to the reader, like any artist. “Every artistic moment from the beginning of time is an attempt to figure out a way to smuggle more of what the artist thinks is reality into the work of art.” But, it’s important to realize that an artist reality might not align with the worlds.  As shields puts it “life is never false, and acting can be.” An artist must create a since of familiarity between their viewer but still leave something to the imagination.

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