Geoff Dyer on the Books He Hasn’t Written

Literature

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On today’s episode, Geoff Dyer, author of The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand, discusses the English tradition of writing.

From the episode:

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Andrew Keen: What haven’t you written yet, Geoff?

Geoff Dyer: Oh, that’s so easy to do. A couple of years ago, George Steiner published that book, My Unwritten Books, and at a point in any writer’s life you contemplate the books that you maybe want to write. There’s all sorts of things that I’m conscious of not having done and one that has been hanging over me for years is a book about tennis. … Then there’s the couple of things I’m rattling with at the moment. I’m certainly not at that stage of thinking that I’ve done it all or that I can feel quite contented. No, no. I feel quite a considerable sense of discontent still with what I’ve done, fortunately.

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Geoff Dyer is the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, among other novels, and several nonfiction books, including Out of Sheer Rage. He won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2012 for Otherwise Known as the Human Condition. He lives in Los Angeles.

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