Dan Dixon

About Dan Dixon

Dan Dixon is a writer and academic. His work has been published in Meanjin, The Guardian, Overland, and Australian Book Review. He has a PhD in English from the University of Sydney.

Articles about Dan Dixon

Articles by Dan Dixon

Why Would You Doubt Me?:
The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

The Topeka School will be treated as a book of the moment, articulating the distinctive contemporary panic around authenticity, what it means to believe politicians and one another. Most of the responses to this novel will likely speak about its portrayal of toxic masculinity and account of the origins of current political language – the particular way it has become unmoored from truth. Yet what the novel does, through its concern for the present, is show that America has long been anxious about authenticity, and that these problems that seem particularly modern and distinctive are in fact spread wide across cultural and temporal planes, their symptoms and consequences ubiquitous.

Flex and Ripple: Geoff Dyer’s Broadsword Calling Danny Boy

When I say that Broadsword is dedicated to describing Where Eagles Dare, I mean it. The book details each scene’s mechanics, its organising principle is plot exposition. It’s as if an electro-magnetic pulse, fine-tuned to wipe out all cinema, had shimmered across the globe, erasing the hard drives and reels. All that remains, in this post-movie world, are Dyer’s memories and his loquacity. The first question that occurs on picking up this book, however, is not ‘What is it for?’ but ‘Who is it for?’