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Greenlight Bookstore, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
May 19 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Geoff Dyer presents The Last Days of Roger Federer
In conversation with Sam Lipsyte
When artists and athletes age, what happens to their work? Does it ripen or rot? Achieve a new serenity or succumb to an escalating torment? As our bodies decay, how do we keep on? Acclaimed author of Out of Sheer Rage and “one of our greatest living critics” (Kathryn Schulz, New York) Geoff Dyer considers these questions in his newest book, The Last Days of Roger Federer, an extended meditation on late style and last works. Blending criticism, memoir, and humorous banter of the most serious kind, Dyer sets his own encounter with late middle age against the last days and last works of writers, painters, footballers, musicians, and tennis stars who’ve mattered to him throughout his life—revisiting Nietzsche’s breakdown in Turin, Beethoven’s final quartets, and John Coltrane’s cosmic melodies, among other examples of uncouth geniuses defying convention far beyond their beautiful youths. Join us at our Fort Greene store for a very special evening contemplating the timeless tussle between art and life and the intensification of experience that comes when an ending comes into view.
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