Quotes by: Geoff Dyer

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One of the things I've really come to realise is that the chances of arriving at a universal truth are increased if you remain absolutely faithful to the contingencies of your own experience and the vagaries of your own nature.
Geoff Dyer
I think I got into travelling because it was so not in my blood, so against my tendency to just stay put because my dad just hated going on holidays, because, as I've said in many essays, the thing that he hated more than anything else in life was spending money. And as soon as you leave your home, you're spending money.
Geoff Dyer
One of the great privileges of my life was growing up in a house without books.
Geoff Dyer
If you just take me as a fiction writer, then you're probably going to find me fairly limited.
Geoff Dyer
I don't read 'genre' fiction if that means novels with lots of killing and shooting. Even Cormac McCarthy's 'No Country for Old Men' seemed pretty childish in that regard.
Geoff Dyer
Borrowing something from one art form and relocating it in another always has a whiff of pretension about it, like in books if, instead of 'Chapter One,' you have 'First Movement.'
Geoff Dyer
There's something awful about Oxford, I think. It's such a little ghetto.
Geoff Dyer
In terms of target audience, who cares what a middle-aged guy like me wants; most mainstream are not catering to me at all.
Geoff Dyer
My Tarkovsky idolatry was at its peak, but 'Nostalghia' really didn't do anything for me. 'The Sacrifice' was similarly disappointing for me. Next thing we knew, he was dead.
Geoff Dyer
I like things that are funny and have a lot else in them besides that - ideas, for example.
Geoff Dyer
Once you've published a few books, you drag around this ball and chain of a back list. All the evidence of how few you've sold is there. I think a lot of writers my age have this strange experience of going from would-be to has-been.
Geoff Dyer
In terms of behaving in a civic way, I feel my behavior is always exemplary.
Geoff Dyer
Practically everyone I know now is from a middle- or upper-middle-class background, and I no longer have the huge chip on my shoulder that I carried around for so many years. I'm not sure it comes out much in the work, but coming from this kind of background is absolutely central to my identity, to my sense of who I am.
Geoff Dyer
It doesn't require much thought for one to realise that any travel book worthy of the name has to be a departure from the standard idea of the form.
Geoff Dyer
The person doing the learning is the person writing the book as much as the person reading it.
Geoff Dyer
In history books, or the one about the guy who cut his hand off to get out of a canyon in Utah, you really want them to be accurate. But my stuff is such small beer by comparison.
Geoff Dyer
The series 'Generation Kill' is, along with everything else, a sustained critique of the structural and conventional fictions of 'The Hurt Locker.'
Geoff Dyer
I have this long-running idea that the distinction between fiction and nonfiction is not just, 'Did it happen or didn't it happen?' It's one of form.
Geoff Dyer
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