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Detour As Straight Line

Toby Lloyd, “New York Trance — Geoff Dyer and the Life of the Writer,” Los Angeles Review of Books 31 January 2016

(…) When I presented a few chapters of this ragged novel to a friend of mine for advice, she very sensibly recommend that I read… 813 more words

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'Geoff Dyer on Globalization, Inequality and Photography' on Vantage

Liquidation Sale VII, 2000. Mitch Epstein New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana II, 2005. Mitch Epstein

After six months of media pantomime and make-America-proud electioneering, the U.S. 651 more words


Geoff Dyer--essay for "Travel Day" (Harper's, December 2014)

SOUNDTRACK: GYPTIAN-Tiny Desk Concert #102 (January 2, 2011).

 I had not heard of Gyptian.  He is a Jamaican singer.  His singing style is kind of like rap, but with all of the Jamaican inflections and emphases that make it sound more flowing and smooth. 520 more words


In Praise of Gerry Mulligan, Lester “Prez” Young and Melodic Jazz

“But, Can You Sing Me a Song”

By Roger Crane “Song Scout”

I discovered jazz thanks to a hip girlfriend named Jennie. She thought that I was “like way too square, man”  and, sometime, in the ‘50s, the pretty, zoftig Jennie took me to The Haig, (a small club with a big sign) to see this guy named Gerry Mulligan who, in my young ignorance, I assumed was some new rock & roll singer. 485 more words

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Secondhand Avant Garde

Geoff Dyer, “‘Based On a True Story’: The Fine Line Between Fact and Fiction,” The Observer 6 December 2015

The dizziness occasioned by WG Sebald lay in the way that we really didn’t know quite what we were reading. 241 more words

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My Favorite Books of 2015: The Nonfiction Ones

I read (and reread) a lot of books this year and wanted to share some of my favorites with you in the hopes that you could read and love them as much as I did. 1,760 more words

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Book Review: Selfish, Shallow & Self Absorbed

Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids — edited by Meghan Daum

As Daum writes in the introduction, her “lack of desire to have children felt hardwired from birth, almost like sexual orientation or gender identity” and reading this rang my bell. 572 more words