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Geoff Dyer cracks a joke; J.M. Coetzee doesn’t laugh:

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  1. Martin says:

    Well, I think JMC might be justified there. It’s not exactly Geoff Dyer’s (or anyone’s) best joke. And Coetzee was never one to bother with such social niceties as laughing politely at a limp joke. But it is very funny footage – far funnier than Geoff Dyer’s joke in fact.

  2. Thomas Jones says:

    Exactly: that’s why I put it up.

  3. jsf says:

    A few months ago I went up to Oxford to see a rare Coetzee reading, and at the signing afterward I told him I always thought he was an underestimated humorist. He looked up, cocked his head slightly, stared at me, and emitted a very, very short “Ha.” One of the few major achievements of my short life.

  4. Saffy says:

    Good grief, that’s awful. “Don’t give up the day job”, etc

  5. Anthony Cummins says:

    Dyer gets a laugh eventually (as the Q&A ends – see 18-min mark too though).


  6. loxhore says:

    If Amis says he is humourless, Coetzee is humourless.

  7. alex says:

    Surely J.M. could have smiled at least. It’s a matter of Coetezee…

  8. loxhore says:

    The Guardian review: only four months behind the internet

  9. Elvis Bego says:

    I wonder if Coetzee’s unmoved poise itself isn’t a deliberate, comic response?

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