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Geoff Dyer on the Paradoxical Rewards of Our Capacity for Disappointment

last weekHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"When I am no longer capable of disappointment the romance will be gone: I may as well be dead."

Saturday Evening Open Thread: Calibrated

Only in Britain.Cambridge economist turns up to meeting naked to protest Brexit.No-one says anything. FOR TWO HOURS.https://t.co/0V85xUQJpn — Geoff Dyer (@DyerGeoff) July 1, 2016 @DyerGeoff @gideonrachman Economists would have naturally discounted just one naked person as statistically insignificant. Show More Summary

Going Places

“Barbarian Days by William Finnegan. Made me realize my whole life has been pretty much a waste. I suspected this anyway; he explained why: because I’d not surfed.” Geoff Dyer over at the New York Times on the best book he’s read recently. Our own Janet Potter interviewed Dyer on the release of his most recent […] The post Going Places appeared first on The Millions.

By the Book: Geoff Dyer: By the Book

The novelist, essayist, critic and author, most recently, of “White Sands” says reading William Finnegan’s “Barbarian Days” made him realize his whole life has been pretty much a waste. “I suspected this anyway.”

The blank on the map

‘Is Geoff Dyer someone on your radar?’ inquired the courtly literary editor, inviting me to review this book. What a… The post The blank on the map appeared first on The Spectator.

Nonfiction: Andrew Solomon’s ‘Far and Away,’ and More

In travel-writing anthologies, Andrew Solomon, Bob Shacochis, Russell Banks and Geoff Dyer amply display their powers of observation and empathy.

Curtis Sittenfeld’s updated Jane Austen influences: “CrossFit, reality television, Skyline chili, Gloria Steinem”

Salon asks 5 authors—Sittenfeld,Geoff Dyer, Allison Amend, Anton DiSclafani and Paula Whyman—about their new books

Books of The Times: Review: ‘White Sands’ Asks Why We Visit the Places We Do

Geoff Dyer’s various pilgrimages make for a humorous and thoughtful examination of the reasons we ache to travel.

Geoff Dyer’s ‘White Sands’ Is a Secretly Romantic Travel Guide

The consensus on Geoff Dyer is that his formally promiscuous books shouldn’t work but do. “He combines fiction, autobiography, travel writing, cultural criticism, literary theory, and a kind of comic English whining,” James Wood wrote of Dyer for the New Yorker in 2009. “The result,” he goes on, “ought to be a mutant mulch but […]

Book Notes - Geoff Dyer "White Sands"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...

Places That Fall Into Ruin: The Millions Interviews Geoff Dyer

I’m glad I’m capable of disappointment because that shows I still have high hopes for the world. The post Places That Fall Into Ruin: The Millions Interviews Geoff Dyer appeared first on The Millions.

Geoff Dyer Q & A

In The Hindu Tishani Doshi has a Q & A with author Geoff Dyer. Among his responses: The real issue for me is not whether it's true or untrue in accordance with what actually happened. But it's to do with form and the expectation of what people give to a certain form.

Jane Smiley on Geoff Dyer: hard to take but worth the attempt

"Stories don't interest me," Geoff Dyer told the Huffington Post in 2014. That this is true is evident in his new collection of essays, "White Sands." Which doesn't mean that "White Sands" isn't a good read, because it is. You must, however, get used to Dyer's tone, which is persnickety and unenthusiastic....

Too-Familiar Tune: Pentagon Plans to Boost Europe Budget to Counter Russia

The Pentagon wants to dramatically increase the funding of its European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) under the too-familiar pretext of protecting its European allies from the non-existent Moscow threat or, as Geoff Dyer put it, "to send a message to Russia."

Will Greece Tilt Toward Moscow?

Geoff Dyer in the Financial Times wonders if Greece will tilt toward Russia if it defaults on its debts and is bailed out by Vladimir Putin. As Washington tries to maintain a united western front in support of sanctions on Russia over...Show More Summary

Vintage ping pong snapshots

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Magnum photographer Alec Soth and writers Pico Iyer and Geoff Dyer, all Ping Pong fans, compiled a neat little book of vernacular photos related to ping pong. Read the rest

The Book Report Episode 14: ‘But Beautiful’ by Geoff Dyer

Rejected as a musical accompaniment for this episode: Mike's original jazz composition, "In a Bookish Mood," performed entirely on the kazoo and theremin, two instruments Mike does not know how to play.

Windham Campbell prizes go to Geoff Dyer, Teju Cole, others

The nine recipients of the 2015 Windham Campbell Prizes were announced Tuesday morning. Each writer will receive a $150,000 prize.

Cuba Policy; China (Trade-Biotech); and, the Ag Economy- Thursday

Cuba Policy Geoff Dyer and Marc Frank reported yesterday at The Financial Times Online that, “The US is to open talks with Cuba about establishing full diplomatic relations and reopening an embassy in Havana, potentially bringing to an end more than five decades of hostility and one of the last vestiges of the Cold War. “The […]

25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer

We round up 25 nuggets of writing wisdom from Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, Augusten Burroughs, Geoff Dyer, Steven Pressfield, and more....

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