Tuesday, February 26th @ 6:30 pm - Geoff Dyer and David Thomson discuss and sign their new books


Geoff Dyer and David Thomson at DIESEL, A Bookstore in BrentwoodDIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Geoff Dyer and David Thomson to the store to discuss and sign 'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy': Watching 'Where Eagles Dare' and Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire on Tuesday, February 26th at 6:30 pm. Please note that this event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to our store.

Hot on the heels of The Oscars, Geoff and David will no doubt have some of their own comments about the ceremony as well as a lively conversation discussing their new books. 

In Watching 'Where Eagles Dare', Geoff Dyer gives us a scene-by-scene exploration of one of cinema's most cherished and popular films, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

Geoff Dyer has loved Where Eagles Dare since childhood. It is both a thrillingly realized Alpine World War II adventure with tough, compelling acting from its two great stars, Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, and a flippant travesty, reducing the central disaster in Europe's modern history to a series of huge explosions and peopled by campy SS officers. 

As he did in Zona, which took on Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, in 'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy': Watching 'Where Eagles Dare', Dyer gives us a scene-by-scene reaction to and reading of the film. Perhaps, as only he can, the author both extols and denigrates, lovingly and entertainingly no matter which way he falls, this acme of the late '60s action movie.

From the celebrated film critic and author of The Biographical Dictionary of Film, David Thomson's new book, Sleeping with Strangers presents an original, seductive account of sexuality in the movies and of how actors and actresses on screen have fed our desire.

Film can make us want things we can not have. But, while sometimes rapturous, the interaction of onscreen beauty and private desire speaks to a crisis in American culture, one that pits delusions of male supremacy against feminist awakening and the spirit of gay resistance. Combining criticism, his encyclopedic knowledge of film history, and memoir, David Thomson examines how film has found the fault lines in traditional masculinity and helped to point the way past it toward a more nuanced understanding of what it means to be a person desiring others. Ranging from advertising to pornography, Rudolph Valentino to Moonlight, Rock Hudson to Call Me By Your Name, Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant to Phantom Thread, Thomson shows us the art and the artists we love under a new light. He illuminates the way in which film as art, entertainment, and business has been a polite cover for a kind of erotic séance. He makes us see how the way we watch our movies is a kind of training for how we try to live.

Geoff Dyer is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of many books, including White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World, and Zona, about Andrei Tarkovsky's film Stalker. His books have won numerous prizes. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California. 

Photo Credit - Matt Stuart

David Thomson has written about film for The Guardian, The Independent, The New York Times, The New Republic, Salon, Movieline, Film Comment, and Sight & Sound. He is the author of more than thirty books on film, including The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, Rosebud: The Story of Orson Welles, The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood, and the pioneering novel Suspects, which was peopled with characters from film.

Photo Credit - Lucy Gray

Event date: 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
DIESEL, A Bookstore
225 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90402
'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy': Watching 'Where Eagles Dare' Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524747572
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon - February 12th, 2019

Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101946992
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - January 29th, 2019