Out of Sheer Rage, Geoff Dyer, 1997
One of Britain’s leading essayists and literary critics, Dyer uses his lifelong goal of writing a book about DH Lawrence to explore his existential angst and ambivalence. Traveling to many of DHL’s places (Oxaca, Taos, Sardinia, Sicily), Dyer explores his tendency to “always be on the edge of what I am dong. I do everything badly, sloppily to get it over with so that I can go on to the next thing that I will do badly and sloppily so that I can then do nothing—which I do anxiously, distractedly wondering all the time if there isn’t something else I should be getting on with.” Whoa and right on! This is a brilliant writing experience of ambivalence and modern man.