Posts Tagged: geoff dyer

Truth and Beauty: Talking with Joshua Wolf Shenk

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The new Editor-in-Chief of The Believer dismantles stereotypes of Las Vegas, discusses the magazine's acquisition, and makes a case for bringing journalism into the academy. ...more

The Rumpus Interview with Amy Sohn

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At the end of the day, all we have to hold onto, really, is other people’s stories. And that’s how Alizah Solario's series “Writers on Wheels Getting Tea” was born. The first interview features author Amy Sohn. ...more

Fact, Fiction, Other

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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.

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The Incompletist

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I was excited to see the New York Times’s announcement that a regular column by the writer Geoff Dyer called “Reading Life” would be appearing in their weekend Book Review. I was even more intrigued and, somehow, encouraged, when eventually it appeared only three times. ...more

Geoff Dyer Attends Geoff Dyer Conference

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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.

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Notable NYC: 6/7–6/13

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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.

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Notable NYC: 11/30–12/6

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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.

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Notable NYC: 11/23–11/29

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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.

Sunday 11/24: Jonathan Ames, Jessamyn Hope, Heather Aimee O’Neill, and Justin Haythe read together at an event sponsored by Wallflower Press.

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Zona, by Geoff Dyer

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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.

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Learning French, And Other Escapes

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“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?

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