Monday 29 March 2010: Tracy Daugherty/Geoff Dyer
On 29 March I talked with Tracy Daugherty, Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at Oregon State University, about his book Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthleme, which has recently come out in paperback from Picador. Come Back Dr Caligari, The Dead Father, City Life and Overnight to Distant Cities were some of Barthleme's books we discussed; there are many more.

I then played an interview I recorded the day before with English writer Geoff Dyer. I had expected to concentrate on his latest novel Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi (hardback Pantheon, paperback due from Vintage in July), but it hadn't arrived, so we talked about his earlier books But Beautiful (A Book about Jazz), Out of Sheer Rage (Wrestling with D H Lawrence) and Paris Trance (A Romance) (all published in paper by Picador) and speculated together about what he might have been trying to do in Jeff in Venice.

(When this program aired on KVMR, the CD of the interview with Geoff Dyer wouldn't play. I have since restored it to its proper place and relegated the ad lib remarks I concocted to fill the time to the end of the program.)

You might call this program Writers Who Mess with our Minds.

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posted by Eric Tomb and others 11:15 AM

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