Geoff Dyer

Is It “Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed” Not to Have Kids? Meghan Daum on Her New Book About Childlessness

What is disarming about the new anthology Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision NOT to Have Kids, edited by writer Meghan Daum, is how novel it feels. It is surprisingly rare to hear adults who have chosen not to have children talk about how and why they came to that decision. What’s especially refreshing about Daum’s anthology is its calm, fair tone, which sets it apart from most society-wide conversations about childlessness. There is no sneering, either at parents or at people who aren’t parents. There is no confusing biological imperatives with moral imperatives. … Read More

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50 Books to Cure Heartbreak

Heartbroken? Left alone? Depressed? And right before the holidays? Never fear, because this is no end-of-year list — it’s a list to cure that broken heart of yours. Now, there are as many ways to mend a broken heart as there are to break one, but hopefully this list will contain something for everyone, whether you prefer to muffle pain with laughter, or might take some hope in a happy ending, or just need to wallow. After all, as James Baldwin said, “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.” So here you go, gang: 50 cures for love, all $25 or less. … Read More

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Stylized Violence on Film Isn’t Just Lazy — It’s Immoral

I walked out of the first movie in The Hunger Games series, directed by Pleasantville‘s Gary Ross, feeling surprisingly frustrated. In fact, I may have ranted to my friends that the film was “morally reprehensible” and “disturbing” and the only thing of value was Jennifer Lawrence’s endless soulfulness. … Read More

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“As a Career Path It’s Not Advisable”: Geoff Dyer on His Idiosyncratic Writing

It would be fashionable, I suppose, to sit here and stew over what, exactly, to write about Geoff Dyer, how to accurately reveal the pleasure that comes from reading his work. But let’s say this: over the course of 14 books and frequent forays into essays and journalism, Geoff Dyer is a joy to read, whether he’s writing about jazz, photography, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker, D.H. Lawrence, drugs, or anything else in the world. He has a gift for making the world seem more strange and mysterious, and his work makes the reader curious. So much of the world is structured so that you don’t have to think at all, ever; Dyer’s work is a corrective. … Read More

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Where to Start With Geoff Dyer

There are prolific writers, and then there’s Geoff Dyer. Over 30 years, he’s produced more than a dozen books, along with countless essays and reviews for a number of different publications. Yet what sets the English writer apart from many of his contemporaries isn’t his volume as much as his versatility. Dyer’s ability to jump from one topic to the next, and shift effortlessly from nonfiction to fiction, is impressive. … Read More

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10 Must-Read Books for May

Despite the fact that the rain and cold have stubbornly refused to leave some parts of the US, it’s spring, and spring means things are in bloom. Sure, we’re talking about flowers, but we’re also talking about a bunch of debut novels, along with a few new books by some veterans. All of it is very exciting. May’s calender is so good, in fact, that we also have to fit in mentions of Young God by Katherine Faw Morris, The Fun We’ve Had by Michael J. Seidlinger, and Dan Barber’s exploration into the future of food, The Third Plate. All of those books are great enough to be on this list, but we could only fit the following ten. … Read More

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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. In this weekly feature, Flavorwire shares the best of that category. This week, Yoko Ono, Geoff Dyer in Los Angeles, the Lake Waco murders, and more. … Read More

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8 of the Best Genre-Busting Books About Writers and Writing

Olivia Laing’s The Trip to Echo Spring made the cover of the New York Times Book Review last week. It was a well-deserved honor for a fascinating exploration of the way drink inflects the work of a number of male writers. But it is difficult to classify, generically. It’s not quite a biography, and not quite literary criticism, and not quite memoir either. This is one of my favorite kinds of books, I should say, the kind that give you the lives of other writers embedded in a strong point of view from the writer herself, and do something more than your garden-variety kitchen-sink biography manages to achieve. Here are some books you could buy, along with Laing’s, if that formula sounds up your alley. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s 15 Most Anticipated Books of 2014

The last 365 days yielded a considerable bounty of great books to get through, and the next 12 months on the calendar promise to be no different. Even though you’re surely sick and tired of reading what people thought about 2013 books while you’re maybe still trying to get through The Flamethrowers or James McBride’s past works before diving into his 2013 National Book Award winner The Good Lord Bird, some of these 2014 books might make you consider putting last year’s selections to the side, and living in the now. And since there is so much to chose from when you visit your local bookstore, we picked out 15 coming out in the first half of the new year that have our undivided attention. … Read More

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