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Bay Area Book Festival – The End of Everything: Geoff Dyer and David Thomson on Aging and Other Disasters
May 8 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Few writers make us laugh–and think–as much as “effortlessly erudite” (The Boston Globe) polymath and self-described “malcontent” Geoff Dyer, whose dizzying scope of knowledge and passion ranges from jazz to photography to cinema to yoga to visual art…we could go on. His new book, The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings, examines the waning years of minds (and lives) as brilliantly restless and singular as his own: from tennis legend Federer to Bob Dylan to Nietzsche, and more. World-renowned film critic, historian, and novelist David Thomson is another multi-genre maestro whose latest, Disaster, Mon Amour, is also an insightful, witty meditation on dissolution: our collective cultural fascination with catastrophe (as long as it happens to someone else) and, more seriously, the way prettified disaster, aided by virtual media, helps us ignore reality (“we want our fears of physical ruin rendered as something so beautiful we feel no pain”).
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