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The 404 561: Where Anna David tells us why Reality Matters (podcast)

Established author, frequent guest and friend of The 404 Anna David joins us in the studio to talk about her new book, "Reality Matters," an anthology discussing the pervasiveness of Reality Television.

Anna David gets real with The 404. Matt Vacca

Established author, frequent guest, and friend of The 404 Anna David joins us on today's episode to accomplish two very specific goals:

  • Talk about her new book "Reality Matters," a collection of essays penned by a handpicked pack of storytellers that examine our obsession with reality television.
  • Drag Justin's name through the mud.

As an exclusive treat for our live chat room, this morning's pre-show (and a good quarter of the actual show) features some of the tallest tales ever to fly out of Jeff and Wilson's loose mouths. Don't believe the stories these kids tell about me; as Albert Einstein once said, "Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds," and I look forward to thanking them in the credits of my first novel, with Anna's expert help of course (after all, Anna's accomplishments as a book editor are well-documented).

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"Reality Matters" is Anna's third novel grounded in reality. Her first book, "Party Girl," deals with the nuances of the addiction and recovery process, while "Bought" brings the reader into the world of "paid companionship."

This anthology examines each writer's personal thoughts on shows like "American Idol," "Real Housewives," "Survivor," and The 404's favorite--"The Real World." And it's not at all inflammatory fluff pieces making fun of Snookie's budget pompadour, either. Anna brings together well-known writers like Neil Strauss, Jerry Stahl, and James Frey to take a serious (and sometimes snide) look at the pervasiveness of reality shows on the airwaves and what these individuals can teach us about our role in the REAL real world.

Speaking of which, Anna also tells us a hilarious story lifted from the pages of her own life about an experience trying out for the early days of "The Real World" in San Francisco. Unfortunately the network turned her away for not fitting into one of the show's one-dimensional archetypes, but the real story is the crazed convict that develops a disturbing obsession with Anna as a result of her newfound "fame." Tune in to the show and pick up a copy of "Reality Matters" for more details!

Half an hour of showtime is never enough with Anna, but you can read much more about, her including the schedule of her book readings, speaking engagements, and Red Eye appearances on her personal Web site, and she also offers sex and relationship advice on Annalytical Answers.

If you enjoyed today's episode of The 404 Podcast as much as we did recording it, call us up at 1-866-404-CNET and let us know your thoughts, or you can shoot us an e-mail to the404(at)cnet(dot)com and we'll read it on the air! Have a great weekend and we'll see you back here on Monday!



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