Posted March 5, 2012 by Becky Ohlsen
by Geoff Dyer
Published Feb 2012 (Pantheon)
I would read Geoff Dyer on any subject—partly because his writing is unfailingly beautiful, and partly because to read him on any subject is to read him on pretty much every subject. He’s not inclined to take the shortest, most direct route to his ostensible destination; the man likes his tangents. His book about trying to write a book about D.H. Lawrence, Out of Sheer Rage, should be required reading for anyone who’s ever thought writing a book sounded like a good idea. Whatever he’s writing about, particularly in his nonfiction, Geoff Dyer is always also writing about Geoff Dyer, and about art, and about the fragile intersection of neurosis and inspiration. Among other things.
In his latest, Zona — nominally about the 1979 film Stalker by the great Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky — Dyer veers off between scenes to cover such topics as his wife’s eerie resemblance to Natascha McElhone in the Steven Soderbergh remake of Tarkovsky’s Solaris; drinking beer in movies and in pubs; The Wizard of Oz; the desire for a three-way; Charlotte Gainsbourg; a Bjork song; and the dog he’ll probably never have. Read the full review here….