Posts Tagged: geoff dyer
Wherever the boundary between fiction and nonfiction, Geoff Dyer has long since crossed it. For Hazlitt, Kyle Chayka talked to the author of White Sands about the continuum of the critical and the narrative:
If people call it an essay collection, then I immediately want to say, hey, but there are stories as well!
Geoff Dyer, author of numerous nonfiction titles, discusses the increasingly blurry border between fiction and nonfiction—and more importantly, whether that distinction matters—at the Guardian:
As the did-it-really-happen? issue gives way to questions of style and form, so we are brought back to the expectations engendered by certain forms: how we expect to read certain books, how we expect them to behave.
Birkbeck, University of London hosted the first international conference on the acclaimed British author Geoff Dyer. In attendance: Geoff Dyer. Aside from the rather British problem of sorting out how to refer to the author—”Dyer” would be used to refer to the work while “Geoff” would mean the man in the room—attendees argued over the problem of “Geoff Dyer and Englishness,” or his lack thereof....more
Geoff Dyer knows no boundaries, especially when it comes to genre, and that’s what makes him such a fascinating author to follow. He’s written fiction and nonfiction—without revealing which is which—about taking drugs in Southeast Asia, jazz, photography, and even women in sundresses, and now has a book out about life aboard an aircraft carrier....more
Saturday 6/7: Michael Flatt, Rachael Katz, and Morgan Parker read poetry. Mellow Pages, 8 p.m., free.
Sunday 6/8: Miranda Mellis, Jaime Clarke, and Andrea Lawlor join the Sunday Night Fiction series. Clarke’s Vernon Downs (April 2014) is the story of an obsessive fan pursuing a famous writer modeled on Bret Easton Ellis....more
Geoff Dyer has a new book out, Another Great Day at the Sea, written during a two-week writing residency on the USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf....more
Saturday 12/7: Natalie Eilbert, Mike Bushnell, Rob Ostrom, and Christie Ann Reynolds inaugurate the Banquet reading series with an evening of poetry. Eilbert is the founder and editor of The Atlas Review. The Banquet series was launched intending to highlight the intersection of poetry performance and audience experience; it is the product of curators Joshua Kleinberg, Alexis Pope, and Dana Jaye Cadman....more
Saturday 11/23: Ossian Foley, Krystal Languell and Jamie Townsend read poetry. Foley’s first collection OF: Vol 1 includes experimental styles focused on discord and the relationship of structure. Unnameable Books, 7p.m., free....more
To appreciate Zona, Geoff Dyer’s twelfth book, you’ll need to watch the Andrei Tarkovsky film, Stalker, among the most treasured and troubling movies in the history of cinema. If you’ve never seen it, you’ll need to take your time with the film—it is relentlessly bewitching—before reading Dyer’s discursive exploration of its maze of meanings and its thirty years’ spell upon him....more
If you haven’t heard by now, we are at the precipice of Geoff Dyer’s latest venture in the New York Times, a weekly column for the Book Review called, “Reading Life.” Thus we will all be in touch with his reader whims, which is nice because sometimes it’s nice to have a buddy in the weekly torrent of literary happenings....more
“If reading heightens your responses, shapes your idea of the world, gives you a sense of the purpose of life, then it is not surprising if, over time, reading should come to play a proportionately smaller role in the context of the myriad possibilities it has opened up....more
Douglas Coupland’s new biography of Marshall McLuhan bends the rules of the medium—but what, exactly, is the message?...more
“Here I am wanting some other language to rescue me, wanting some escape route, when the very desire to transform, to mean something in the world, to take to the air, is such a chubby little caterpillar urge. If I were only a bit older and sadder, a bit more eager to trot out pleasant prose, would I soon be puttering around Provence, writing some whimsical foodie memoir and chuckling about the locals?...more