"The wunderkind Geoff Dyer occupies a distinct literary niche. Readers are drawn to his high diction and high-school-rebel carelessness. Many swooned over Out of Sheer Rage, a D.H. Lawrence book about not writing a D.H. Lawrence book that was really about Dyer’s mind. Dyer has helped pioneer the “slacker intellectual” writer personae. He is at once a cutting, erudite Gore Vidal, a humanitarian, globe-trotting Peter Matthiessen, and a drug-puffing, electric Lester Bangs—a motley persona epitomized in his opus..."