Geoff Dyer

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Geoff Dyer was born in Cheltenham, England, in 1958. He was educated at the local Grammar School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He is the author of four novels: Paris Trance, The Search, The Colour of Memory, and, most recently, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi; a critical study of John Berger, Ways of Telling; five genre-defying titles: But Beautiful (winner of a 1992 Somerset Maugham Prize, short-listed for the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize), The Missing of the Somme, Out of Sheer Rage (a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award), Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It (winner of the 2004 W. H. Smith Best Travel Book Award), and The Ongoing Moment (winner of the ICP Infinity Award for Writing on ...more

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As for concentrating, well, it requires so much concentration. I like the kind of concentration required by sport. In fact I really love that - it's a kind of bliss. Maybe its similar to the concentration required/attained by musicians? And I guess, after a point, I like the concentration required by writing - once I get over my dread of the effort required to get to that point.

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“Have regrets. They are fuel. On the page they flare into desire.”
Geoff Dyer

“Life is bearable even when it's unbearable: that is what's so terrible, that is the unbearable thing about it.”
Geoff Dyer, Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling With D.H. Lawrence

“The perfect life, the perfect lie, I realised after Christmas, is one which prevents you from doing that which you would ideally have done (painted, say, or written unpublishable poetry) but which, in fact, you have no wish to do. People need to feel that they have been thwarted by circumstances from pursuing the life which, had they led it, they would not have wanted; whereas the life they really want is precisely a compound of all those thwarting circumstances.”
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