Working the Room by Geoff Dyer
Essays and Reviews, 1999-2010

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...much of Working the Room finds Dyer thinking about the same subjects he’s thought about before, yet that have thus far failed to exhaust his curiosity, in some cases crafting what might be considered appendices to his book-length works. There are illuminating essays...
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Alive with insight, delight and Dyer's characteristic irreverence, this book offers a guide around the cultural maze, mapping a route through the worlds of literature, art, photography, music. Across ten years' worth of essays, Working the Room spans the photography of Martin Parr and the paintings of Turner, the writing of Scott Fitzgerald and the criticism of Susan Sontag, and includes extensive personal pieces - 'On Being an Only Child', 'Sacked' and 'Reader's Block' among many others. Dyer's breadth of vision and generosity of spirit combine to form a manual for ways of being in - and seeing - the world today.
 

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Geoff Dyer is the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and three previous novels, as well as seven other non-fiction books. Dyer has won the Somerset Maugham Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, a National Book Critic's Circle Award, a Lannan Literary Award, the International Circle of Photography's 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. M. Forster Award. In 2009 he was given GQ's 'Writer of the Year' Award. He lives in London.
 
Published November 1, 2010 by Canongate Books. 400 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jose Teodoro on Jan 07 2011

...much of Working the Room finds Dyer thinking about the same subjects he’s thought about before, yet that have thus far failed to exhaust his curiosity, in some cases crafting what might be considered appendices to his book-length works. There are illuminating essays...

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