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Geoff Dyer: My secret life of crime

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Mike Sheppard

on 18 May 2015

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Geoff Dyer: My secret life of crime
This article is a collection of three past events that author Geoff Dyer recalls and comments on. The first is an incident while Dyer was attending college in England in 1977. There was a group of people (who happened to be under the influence) walking up and down the street outside of Dyer’s dorm, being loud and obnoxious. It was about two in the morning and the group woke up Dyer. He left his room, glass milk bottle in hand, and decided he was going to bring an end to the noise. The group went inside a building but was still able to be heard through a window. Dyer threw the milk bottle at the window and ran swiftly back to his room.
The second incident takes place late at night on a road in North Carolina. Dyer, being from England, still had not fully adjusted to driving on the right side of the road. It being late and pitch black, Dyer was almost in a head on collision with another vehicle. He narrowly avoided possible paralysis or even death.

The final incident takes place in Miami. Dyer was on his way to the Bahamas from the UK. He had to change planes in Miami, where the airport security was extremely cautious when it came to drugs. Once he arrived in the Bahamas, Dyer discovered a large bag of marijuana in the pocket of the shorts he had worn while travelling. He had unknowingly transported an illicit drug through three countries, one of which containing the most drug alert airports in the world.
Corpus Christi Building (Oxford)
Miami Airport Security
Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road
About the Author
Geoff Dyer is the author and subject of this memoir. Dyer is a distinguished, English writer who wrote four novels, two collections of essays, and several other publications.
Author Geoff Dyer
Dyer goes on to discuss the possible repercussions of all these situations. In the first incident, Dyer could’ve faced expulsion and criminal charges. Instead he now has a degree and job that allows him to travel the world. In the incident with the cars, Dyer faced possible death. He would have totaled two cars. Dyer may have even killed or maimed the other driver. In the final incident, Dyer could’ve been jailed in the U.S. He would’ve definitely been fired, as the trip was work related, and faced inevitable criminal charges. Dyer claims that he still does not consider himself lucky, because plenty of other people have experienced more situations with similar outcomes, and even more people have encountered far less situations with negative outcomes.
Point of View
The speaker is Geoff Dyer, who recalls three past events in first person. The point of the article is to explore some of the “what if” questions that people experience in life. The author effectively explores the ideas of luck and destiny. The intended audience is anyone who seeks to achieve a higher perspective out of relatable situations. The author’s tone is a blithe approach to the serious subject of fate.
Presentation By: Michael Sheppard
I thoroughly enjoyed this article. It had three stories that proved Geoff Dyer to be a man of fortunate. I liked how he took three normal stories and took a higher perspective on them. He explored the ideas of fate, destiny, and luck in a way I had not previously looked at them. However, I disliked how he made some references stereotyping homosexuals, although these references were few. Overall, this was a great article and I recommend it to anyone with the time to read it.
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