Geoff Dyer and Chloé Cooper Jones: Transatlantic Conversations

Thu. Apr 20, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
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Dyer and Jones discuss sporting matches and everyday battles; failure and triumph; what it means and what it takes to live life to the fullest, and when and how to bow out.

“Even with no idea of where, when, or how things might end up,” Geoff Dyer wrote, “it was time to start work—on a book that ended up being written while life as we know it came to an end.” The result is his most recent book, The Last Days of Roger Federer, an examination of endings through the lenses of Bob Dylan, Beethoven, Burning Man, and much more. Easy Beauty by Chloé Cooper Jones blends journalism, philosophy, and memoir to examine disability, motherhood, and the search for a new way of seeing and being seen. Dyer just so happens to make a cameo appearance at a tennis tournament, too.

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Geoff Dyer headshot Geoff Dyer is the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and three previous novels, as well as nine 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.

Chloé Cooper Jones headshotChloé Cooper Jones is a philosophy professor, journalist, and the author of the memoir Easy Beauty, which was named a best book of 2022 by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, TIME Magazine, The New York Public Library, and others. She is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant recipient and, in 2020, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Geoff Dyer © Guy Drayton
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