Geoff Dyer

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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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this new weekly feature, our editorial staffers each recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed the most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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The 25 Greatest Essay Collections of All Time

This week marks the release of Aleksandar Hemon’s excellent book of personal essays, The Book of My Lives, which we loved, and which we’re convinced deserves a place in the literary canon. To that end, we were inspired to put together our list of the greatest essay collections of all time, from the classic to the contemporary, from the personal to the critical. In making our choices, we’ve steered away from posthumous omnibuses and multi-author compilations, and given what might be undue weight to our favorite writers (as one does). Click through to see our nominations for the 25 greatest essay collections of all… Read More

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10 Books That Could Save Your Life

This week marked the release of Reality Hunger author David Shields’ newest book, How Literature Saved My Life, a wonderfully meandering meditation on reading, writing, and the reason for art. In that spirit, we offer ten books that just might save your life — some which Shields mentions in his latest, some of which are our own favorites.… Read More

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21 Famous Authors Write 140-Character Novels

We’ve all been lectured about the simplistic perfection of Ernest Hemingway’s six-word short story (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”), but would it be possible to write a bite-sized novel the same way? This week, The Guardian asked 21 authors to try their hands at “Twitter fiction” — an entire “novel” in 140 characters.… Read More

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Contemporary Writers and Their Old School Counterparts

This week, we read an article over at The Guardian which suggested that the “anxiety of influence” is waning — that is, that writers publishing today are no longer as closely influenced by the literary canon as they once were, and instead look to their contemporaries. Well, considering that this conclusion was the result of a mathematical study based on the number of “content-free” words like ‘of’, ‘at’ and ‘by,’ we’re not sure how much water it holds, but it inspired us to think about some modern writers who do seem to be carrying the torch for their old school counterparts, whether in topic, thematic style, or character. After all, the past never really goes away — especially in… Read More

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2011 National Book Critics Circle Award Winners Announced

Last night, at an event held in the New School’s Tishman Auditorium, the National Book Critics Circle presented awards to its 2011 winners in fiction, nonfiction, biography, poetry, autobiography, and criticism. The list of finalists, announced back in January, was particularly impressive, at least to our eye, so the winners are doubly so. The National Book Critics Circle Awards are the only American awards chosen by the critics themselves, seeking every year to “honor the best literature published in English” as well as to “foster a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.” Click through to see the winners, and let us know if you think the NBCC made the right choices in the comments. … Read More

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National Book Critics Circle 2011 Finalists Announced

Last night, at an event held at Artists Space in downtown Manhattan, the National Book Critics Circle announced its finalists in six categories — autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction and poetry — for the 2011 publishing year. The NBCC Awards are singular in that they are the only awards chosen by the critics themselves, seeking every year to “honor the best literature published in English” as well as to “foster a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.” The winners will be announced at a ceremony on March 8th, 2012, but for now, click through to see the nominees and let us know which ones you’re rooting for — or whether you think they completely missed the mark. … Read More

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