Reality Matters: 19 Writers Come Clean about the Shows We Can't Stop Watching (Paperback)

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Top Chef. America's Next Top Model. Survivor. Dancing with the Stars. American Idol. Big Brother. The Biggest Loser... Everyone has a guilty reality television pleasure. Curated by Party Girl author Anna David, Reality Matters is a collection of hilarious yet revealing essays from novelists, essayists, and journalists--including Toby Young, Neil Strauss, and Stacey Grenrock Woods, among many others--about the reality television shows they love, obsess over, and cringe at; and why they, and America, can't stop watching.

Praise For…


“Durable writing about reality television, is such a thing possible?...[Reality Matters] may answer that question. It contains considered essays on “Project Runway,” “Dog Whisperer,” “Survivor,” and “Jersey Shore”....[and] useful analysis of the fakery/reality issues inherent in television that purports to be, though rarely is, entirely true. ”
-The New Yorker

“Insightful.”
-USA Today, Idol Chatter

“Fun, funny, and surprising.”
-Penthouse

“Shockingly amusing and periodically poignant, Reality Matters gives college-educated reality show fans permission to smile about their devotion to America’s guiltiest lowbrow pleasure.”
-LAist.com

“If there’s anything more entertaining than experiencing the guilty pleasure of reality TV firsthand, it’s reading a bunch of brilliant people trying to rationalize their obsession with the genre.”
-Flavorpill

“A brilliant compilation.”
-Starpulse

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061766640
ISBN-10: 006176664X
Publisher: It Books
Publication Date: April 1st, 2010
Pages: 182
Language: English