Otherwise Known as the Human Condition
Selected Essays and Reviews
Graywolf: 422 pp., $18 paper
"Almost as soon as I began writing for magazines and newspapers," Geoff Dyer tells us in the introduction to "Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews," "I hoped one day to see my articles published in book form." This is both obvious (what writer doesn't want to see his or her short pieces collected?) and revelatory. Such a collection is generally regarded as a sideline effort at best, and yet, the argument here goes, that's completely wrong.
"A distinction is often made," Dyer notes,...