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Zona by Geoff Dyer
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Jun 03, 12

Read in May, 2012

While reading Susan Howe's 'My Emily Dickinson,' I found myself thinking, 'this is secretly the best book about Stalker ever written.' Well, it turned out that Geoff Dyer, whose 'But Beautiful' I admired in college, had just written a book that was actually about 'Stalker.' It isn't as good as 'My Emily Dickinson,' but it has a lot of his digressive charm-- maybe a bit too much, as the ratio of analysis and anecdote sometimes tilts towards summarization on the one pole and self-indulgence on the other-- but, you know, for the first book I read after the semester it was a nice refreshment.

I hope someday there's a thick scholarly stab at Tarkovsky's masterpiece, but until then, I don't know, Dyer is a hell of a charming guy.
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