Joshua Cody, Geoff Dyer, Louise Adler (facilitator)
Neither writer sees the point in travelling boringly from one thought to another. Geoff Dyer has made digression an art form, his latest work Zona, ostensibly a tribute to the film Stalker, being just another example of the allure of literary byways. Joshua Cody, a budding young composer – before he decided to write a memoir, [sic], of his aggressive cancer treatment – also favours the diversionary path, bringing music, poetry and even his mother's notes onto his own pages. They try to stay on topic while they talk to Louise Adler about their method.
Joshua Cody (International)
Joshua Cody was just about to receive his PhD when he was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. Facing a bone-marrow transplant and full radiation, he charts his struggle: the fury, the tendency to self-destruction and the ruthless grasping for life and sensation in his book [sic]. Joshua received his bachelor’s degree in music composition from Northwestern University, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University. He is a composer living in New York City.
Louise Adler AM is the CEO and publisher-in-chief of Melbourne University Publishing. She has served as a member of the Monash University Council for over a decade and is also a member of the board of the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and the Monash University Museum of Art. Louise is a deputy chancellor of Monash University and is president of the board of the Methodist Ladies' College.
Geoff Dyer, described by The Daily Telegraph as “possibly the best living writer in Britain”, is the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and three previous novels, a critical study of John Berger and six other non-fiction books including But Beautiful, winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. His most recent book is Zona, a study of the Tarkovsky film Stalker. Geoff lives in London.