I’ve read Geoff Dyer‘s work for years, so getting to talk to him in person about his work this week was an honor and a treat. One thing I didn’t expect when I started reading his most recent book–a series of fiction and non fiction travel essays–White Sands; Experiences from the Outside World, was the ensuing giggles that turned into hysteria. (Let me know when you reach page 120.) There’s something about the specific way he sees the world that makes me happy–as well as finding his take on the world amusing, he is extraordinarily clever, and I always feel like I’m ratcheting up my IQ when I endeavor to understand and absorb his words. The art lover and historian in you will devour the essays about Gauguin and some the major Land Art site-specific works in the US, not to mention his observations on the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Norwegian darkness, and picking up hitchhikers. I hope you enjoy this episode. You’ll be able to tell that I did!
Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels: Paris Trance, The Search, The Colour of Memory, and Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; two collections of essays, Anglo-English Attitudes and Working the Room; and six genre-defying titles: But Beautiful, The Missing of the Somme, Out of Sheer Rage, Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It, The Ongoing Moment and Zona, about Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker. A collection of essays from the last twenty years entitled Otherwise Known as the Human Condition was published in the US in April 2011 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. His most recent book Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George H W Bush.