Quotes by: Geoff Dyer

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Geoff Dyer
Dyer at the 2015 Texas Book Festival
Born (1958-06-05) 5 June 1958 (age 58)
Cheltenham, England
Residence London
Nationality British
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Home town Cheltenham

My reading of serious books about serious music is seriously compromised by the way that I can't understand any musical theory. Any mentions of D major or C minor are meaningless to me.
Geoff Dyer
One of my great heroes, John Berger, he's in his 80s now. One of the reasons that he's remained young and all-around fantastic is his ongoing receptivity to new things. I think that's important.
Geoff Dyer
The lesson of travel seems to be so banal, but so great, which is that people are just so amazingly decent the world over. Given the disparity of income and wealth, it's amazing not just that you don't get robbed everywhere - it's amazing you don't get eaten.
Geoff Dyer
While admiring the pleasing evidence of wealth, we become complicit in - or, at the very least, recognize the extent to which we, too, are beneficiaries of - an economic system we routinely deplore.
Geoff Dyer
We are moving beyond the non-fiction novel to different kinds of narrative art, different forms of cognition. Loaded with moral and political point, narrative has been recalibrated to record, honour, and protest the latest historically specific instance of futility and mess.
Geoff Dyer
We have in our heads a pretty well-defined narrative of the First World War, and there are certain events that are obviously key.
Geoff Dyer
I'll be writing essays long after I've stopped writing fiction. There is this unusually broad range in the non-fiction, but if you look at what I'm capable of as a novelist, I'm more limited.
Geoff Dyer
We still go to nonfiction for content. And if it's well-written, that's a bonus. But we don't often talk about the nonfiction work of art. That's what I'm very interested in.
Geoff Dyer
First, unreliability is not the sole preserve of fictional narrators. Second, the pleasure of patting oneself on the back for seizing on instances of unreliability and ignorance is, as the late Frank Kermode may or may not have pointed out, considerable.
Geoff Dyer
Sharing a room with one person is worse than sharing with six, and sharing with six is in some ways worse than sharing with sixty.
Geoff Dyer
There's one profound difference between secular and religious pilgrimages. It's inconceivable that a Muslim would feel a sense of anticlimax when reaching Mecca. But for a secular pilgrim, the potential for disappointment is always there.
Geoff Dyer
Now, instead of loading up your jalopy and heading for California, you take a second, badly paid job; 'The Grapes of Wrath' has turned into 'Nickel and Dimed.'
Geoff Dyer
I do understand my limitations as a fiction writer, which is why my novels are always going to be close to home.
Geoff Dyer
I'm incredibly competitive in all sports in a way that is so mystifying to my wife because she grew up playing the violin and piano. I've always been like that.
Geoff Dyer
What I've really liked doing is combining what you might call art criticism or music criticism with something that is happening in real life.
Geoff Dyer
What I don't like is constructing a book that fits in with any kind of generic template, whether it's fiction or nonfiction.
Geoff Dyer
Writers are not obliged to deal with current events, but it happens that the big story of our times - the al-Qaida attacks on New York and the Pentagon, and the subsequent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - is being told in some of the greatest books of our time.
Geoff Dyer
I could never write a book where the point-of-view character was a short person, because I just can't imagine what that's like.
Geoff Dyer
The essence of my character is an inability to get used to things. This, in fact, is the one thing I have grown accustomed to: an inability to get used to things.
Geoff Dyer
If you're not religious, like me, how do you explain the transformational power that certain places have? They bring an incredible degree of attention to where you are and the passage of time. You're looking at every flower twitching, wondering if it's just the breeze or some magical pulse.
Geoff Dyer
In many ways, I was a typical young guy out of college. I was at Oxford, where every night there'd be a late showing of some great film.
Geoff Dyer
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