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Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews (Paperback)

by Geoff Dyer

2011 National Book Critics Circle Award Winners Announced 4

The winners of the National Book Critics Circle Award have been announced in New York City.

Blink vs. Think: When a Movie Bewitches A Writer 9

Geoff Dyer, Don DeLillo, and Jonathan Lethem, for all their differences, have one thing in common. Each became bewitched by a movie that spoke so forcefully to him that he watched it again and again until it revealed all of its secrets.

Most Anticipated: The Great 2012 Book Preview 83

At 8,400 words strong and encompassing 81 titles, this is the only 2012 book preview you will ever need.

A Year in Reading: John Williams (The Second Pass) 4

It’s about gambling, drinking, prison, and an unlikely but believably rendered relationship between two unlucky men. It’s a hard-boiled existentialist novel, and ultimately unlike any other I’ve read.

A Year in Reading 2011 35

For an eighth year, we asked some of our favorite writers, thinkers, and readers to look back, reflect, and share. Their charge was to name, from all the books they read this year, the one(s) that meant the most to them, regardless of publication date. Grouped together, these ruminations, cheers, squibs, and essays will be a chronicle of reading and good books from every era. We hope you find in them seeds that will help make your year in reading in 2012 a fruitful one.

The Millions Top Ten: November 2011 0

The heavyweights stay on top and two prizewinners debut.

The Millions Top Ten: October 2011 0

There were two huge literary new releases in October, but only one could take our top spot.

The Millions Top Ten: September 2011 0

An e-book original takes the top spot and another debuts. One of the big literary books of the fall also lands on our list.

The Millions Top Ten: August 2011 0

It's The Pale King's last month at the top. Plus a new Hall of Famer and a pair of intriguing newcomers.

The Millions Interview: Geoff Dyer on the London Riots, the Great War, and the Gray Lady 7

"I always have faith in this idea that if I remain honest and open about my own confusion, the blurriness of my impressions – it's not because I'm short-witted or stupid – the chances are those feelings will be shared by other people."

The Millions Top Ten: July 2011 2

Two debuts last month: a classic work of poetry and a brand new installment of an epic series.

Geoff Dyer Gets New York Times Column 1

The Millions Top Ten: June 2011 1

A favorite author of The Millions returns to the top ten. Plus two new Hall of Famers!

Geoff Dyer, Gate-Crasher and Dragonfly 4

It was as though I'd been drawn to the Phillips de Pury auction house to visually complete the circuit of learning begun by Dyer's revelatory writings.  Which is not to say I wound up agreeing with everything Dyer had to say. Far from it.

Tuesday New Release Day: Bezmozgis, Dyer, Professor X, Pletzinger, Still 2

Putting It Together: Geoff Dyer's Otherwise Known as the Human Condition 5

Like a dragonfly hovering above the surface of a pond, Dyer's criticism skims across a subject rather than diving in. Yet not every critic can incite so many ripples with such a light touch, and not every critic can show such tremendous intelligence while leaving things slighted.

Dyer on 'Reader's Block' 0

Most Anticipated: The Great 2011 Book Preview 60

8,000 words strong and encompassing 76 titles, it's the only 2011 book preview you will ever need.