Quotes by: Geoff Dyer

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It's one of these things that I've been struck by for so long about America. You know, this amazing politeness of American life that's not at all class specific. It's not like people get more polite as ascend the hierarchy of society. Just incredible good manners. It's always been something that I've noticed.
Geoff Dyer
I remember being interviewed about my first novel, 'The Colour of Memory.' They kept using the expression 'your first novel,' and I said, 'No, I object to that phrase, because this is it for me.'
Geoff Dyer
I first got a sense of that idea of nodality - but I didn't use the word back then - with 'The Missing of the Somme': that sense of a particular place in a landscape or on a map having some kind of tremendous power to draw us to itself... that made me conscious, and since then, really, it has been an abiding concern of mine.
Geoff Dyer
For me, those little cinemas in Paris where I saw many art films for the first time meant that cinema became a kind of pilgrimage site.
Geoff Dyer
I've always had this belief that you want to write about universal truths.
Geoff Dyer
As soon as I hear that there's something to get used to, I know that I won't; I sort of pledge myself to not getting used to it.
Geoff Dyer
Inevitably, most readers come to John Cheever's 'Journals' via his fiction. Whatever value they might have in their own right, their viability as a publishing proposition was conditional on the interest of the large readership of his novels and stories.
Geoff Dyer
There is a thematic continuity here within Bigelow's work: 'The Hurt Locker' serves up a military equivalent of the thrill-trips that Lenny Nero was hustling in her earlier 'Strange Days.'
Geoff Dyer
Once you've got through immigration, one is always made to feel very welcome in America, once they've let you in. It's a great place to be.
Geoff Dyer
I've seen 'Stalker' more times than any film except 'The Great Escape.'
Geoff Dyer
I'm as strong and supple as a pane of thin glass. I've got too many ailments - left shoulder, left elbow and left wrist - in fact, the whole of the left arm.
Geoff Dyer
The CGI landscape is another world. It has its own physical laws; it can defy gravity. But surely the wonder of cinematic space is that it is wedded to reality?
Geoff Dyer
I guess, when I left university, I liked the idea of being a writer, and I thought then that being a writer really meant that you were a novelist. But if one of the impulses for being a novelist is wanting to be a storyteller, I never had any urge to tell stories.
Geoff Dyer
I'm never happier when writing than when I see gags taking shape - ideally, gags at my own expense. What I like is the shuttling back and forth, serious into comedy and vice-versa, ideally, both in the same sentence, or even simultaneously. The best jokes are always ideas in miniature.
Geoff Dyer
The business of taking a book and transforming into a script to make this thing called a film - it's a mysterious process to me; sometimes it works.
Geoff Dyer
Contrary to popular belief, Oxford has the highest concentration of dull-witted, stupid, narrow-minded people anywhere in the British Isles.
Geoff Dyer
The ritual of film-going in some sense replaced that of churchgoing, because you share something communal, sometimes mystical.
Geoff Dyer
It's funny, because people always say when they meet me, having read me - or they read me, having met me - that they are struck by how the tone is pretty similar, in real life and in the books.
Geoff Dyer
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