The world of literature is famous for the number of thorny, tantalizing and even indecipherable individualists one finds in its ranks.
Even so, you’re not likely to find another writer quite like Geoff Dyer. Dyer will appear at 7 p.m. April 28 in Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave., to present his soon-to-be-published book “White Sands.”
Dyer frequently writes novels but it’s his wildly unclassifiable books that AREN’T novels that stop people in their tracks and excite them for long periods afterwards – his meditation on jazz “But Beautiful,” for instance, a jazz book like no other and one that finds elements of in the current movie “Born to be Blue,” and his film book “Zona” which is about Andrei Tarkovsky’s movie “Stalker” but is, also, like no other movie book anyone has ever read.
Dyer is coming to Buffalo as part of the Exhibit X Fiction Series, even though “White Sands” isn’t fiction. It isn’t a travel book either, even though it’s about sense of place. It isn’t really literary criticism either though part is about an old Dyer subject, D.H. Lawrence. It’s not about jazz either even though he freely admits that he tries never to go anywhere unless he carries with him a picture of trumpet player Don Cherry.
He has written about photography and English novelist and art critic John Berger. But, while being brazenly unclassifiable, he is, far and away, one of the most interesting writers in the English language. If you have any interest at all in literary adventure, brilliance and wit in our time, you need to make the acquaintance of Geoff Dyer.
Thursday at Hallwalls is one very good way.
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