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“Any given moment”

In mid-January, ten days after moving to California, Geoff Dyer suffered a stroke while throwing away trash in his new home. At the hospital, he recovered quickly, but the incident left him “conscious that the ground could open Adairishly beneath my feet at any moment.” In the LRB, he writes about the experience. (Related: Dyer […]

Shorties (Walter Kirn's Favorite Books on Deception, Stream EMA's New Album, and more)

Walter Kirn listed his six favorite books on deception at The Week. NPR Music is streaming EMA's new album The Future's Void. In the London Review of Books, Geoff Dyer chronicled his recent stroke. The Drive-By Truckers visited The Current...

Life After A Stroke

Geoff Dyer comes to terms with suffering an ischemic stroke at age 55: There had certainly been some cognitive impairment, but my wife insisted that this had occurred before the stroke. I used to pride myself on my sense of direction but that had long gone south, or maybe north or east. I had trouble […]

The Best Things We Read on the Internet This Week: The Lake Waco Murders, Geoff Dyer on LA

Listicles, tweets, your ex’s Facebook status, picture of dogs wearing costumes — the internet offers no shortage of entertaining stuff to look at. But there’s plenty of substantial writing out there, too, the pieces you spend a few minutes reading and a long time thinking about after you’ve closed the tab. Show More Summary

Geoff Dyer’s Stroke

Had no idea of this. Then, only ten days into our new life, I bent down to push some rubbish into the already stuffed bin. When I stood up half the world had disappeared. It had disappeared but it was still there, sort of. The kitchen wall was visible but it didn’t seem quite right: familiar but changed, as happens in dreams. Show More Summary

The Photographic Spawn of Benjamin

Geoff Dyer connects Benjamin, Barthes, Sontag, and Berger. Berger was indebted to both of the others. Dedicted to Sontag, the 1978 essay “Uses of Photography” is offered as a series of “responses” to On Photography, published the previous...Show More Summary

Monday links: Kevin Rudd at Harvard, Oscars, Tesla, economic myths and more

Geoff Dyer in the FT: The 'unwritten understanding between Beijing and Washington on America’s role in Asia is crumbling. China now wishes to recast the military and ­political dynamic in the region to reflect its own traditional centrality.' Why...Show More Summary

Geoff Dyer’s Paris Review Interview

The whole thing is now online. I get what Dyer is saying here, but I don’t quite agree. As someone who’s read his fiction and his nonfiction, I feel like there’s a pretty clear difference between the two, and I like the latter much more than the former. Show More Summary

Greenwald: Guardian NSA articles get too much blame, not enough credit

2 months agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

Geoff Dyer talks with Glenn Greenwald, who he writes is a lot more genial in person than one might expect: “People are sometimes not sure what to expect,” Greenwald tells Dyer. “They think they are going to meet this total … Read mo...

Geoff Dyer Muses About His Literary Legacy

Geoff Dyer, author of the coming “Another Great Day at Sea,” is already musing about his literary legacy.

Shorties (The Importance of Physical Music Archives, Geoff Dyer on Albert Camus, and more)

The Record explains the importance of physical music archives. Geoff Dyer shares his admiration for Albert Camus in the Guardian. M.I.A. is streaming all the tracks from her new album Matangi. Billboard interviewed her about the new record. Hazlitt explores...

John Freeman, at Skylight Tuesday, on 'How to Read a Novelist'

On his book tour, the tables have been turning on John Freeman: A parade of luminous authors are interviewing him. He's already sat down for public conversations with Teju Cole, Geoff Dyer, Aeksander Hemon, and Marilynne Robonson, and on Tuesday night, it'll be Mark Z. Danielewski. That's at Skylight Books in Los Feliz at 7:30 p.m.

Geoff Dyer on Pagetti’s Syria

The devastating images of Syria shot by Franco Pagetti have been collected into a series entitled Veiled Aleppo. Over at The New Republic, Geoff Dyer writes about one of them. It’s an image, Dyer observes, that features “symbols … of the death throes not of a city but of film.”

Turing Geoff Dyer’s Frown Upside Down

“The Dyer visage in repose, its default setting, is that of a man whose jam has regularly been stolen from his doughnut.” Despite how he is prone to frowning, Geoff Dyer believes a smile can make the world a better place. Related posts: Geoff...Show More Summary

Have a Seat

“If I’ve sat on my arse all day—and it’s definitely my English arse I sit on, not an American ass—then what I most want to do come evening is sit on it some more,” Geoff Dyer loves to sit. He and other authors discussed why the standing...Show More Summary

Geoff Dyer on Garry Winogrand

Year in Reading alum Geoff Dyer takes a fascinating look at two photographers – Garry Winogrand and Tod Papageorge – who happened to photograph the same thing at the same time, but wound up producing wildly different images. RelatedShow More Summary

Shorties (An Infographic About The Smiths, Jaime Hernandez on 30 Years of His Comic Love and Rockets, and more)

The Guardian shares an infographic about The Smiths. Hazlitt interviews Love and Rockets cartoonist Jaime Hernandez. The Irish Times has writers, including Anne Enright and Geoff Dyer, discuss what they loathe about their own work. The West Australian profiles Yo...

“‘Home,’ By Contrast, Is the Place Where Least Has Happened.”

In the introduction to his book Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It, Geoff Dyer writes, For several years now I’ve been puzzled by some lines of Auden’s–actually, I’ve been puzzled by many of Auden’s lines, but the ones I have in mind are from “Detective Story” (1936), where he talks about home, the centre where the … ?

Geoff Dyer on Novelistic Essays and Essayistic Novels

Need to kill 37 minutes? Check out “The Novelistic Essay and the Essayistic Novel,” a lecture by Geoff Dyer from this past year’s Key West Literary Summit. (h/t Mark O’Connell) Related posts: “My name is Geoff Dyer and I endorse this.”...Show More Summary

A Year in Reading: Antoine Wilson

It left me inarticulate and emotional, as if I'd been zapped back in time to the broodiest moments of my childhood. Related posts: Tuesday New Release Day: Dyer, Aira, Wilson, Iyer Zona, Geoff Dyer’s book about Tarkovsky’s film Stalker,...Show More Summary

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