Geoff Dyer’s next book (next year) will be titled Zona, according to this article in the NY’er about what the man is reading right now. I saddled up the Googles but didn’t find anything at the usual book sites. There is, however, this article from February 2009 that is very likely to be the seed of Zona. Excerpt:
Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker (1980) came second, behind Blade Runner, in a recent BFI poll of its members’ top movies. In outline, it’s one of the simplest films ever made: a guide, or Stalker, takes two people, Writer and Professor, into a forbidden area called the Zone, at the heart of which is the Room, where your deepest wish will come true. It is this simplicity that gives the film its fathomless resonance. If Tarkovsky’s previous film, Solaris, seemed like a Soviet 2001, was Stalker Tarkovsky’s take on The Wizard of Oz?
As usual, must-read. Dyer could write about doughnut varieties and I’d read it. Oh, wait.