Sunday, April 19, 2020

Funny stories you may not have read

Geoff Dyer is the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and other novels and non-fiction books. Dyer has won the Somerset Maugham Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, a Lannan Literary Award, the International Center 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 named GQ’s Writer of the Year. He won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2012 and was a finalist in 1998. In 2015 he received a Windham Campbell Prize for non-fiction. His books have been translated into twenty-four languages. He currently lives in Los Angeles where he is Writer in Residence at the University of Southern California.

At the Guardian, Dyer tagged a few titles (that you may not have read) for dark times, including:
One of the funniest books of the past 10 years is by the eminent critic Terry Castle. The Professor and Other Writings includes the scandalous memoir of her friend Susan Sontag, whose unremitting seriousness led Castle to perceive her as a great comic character. The long title piece is a side-splitting account of a tragic affair with a professor when Castle was a student in the 1970s, back in the days when the application process for a fellowship included getting catatonically stoned.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue