Geoff Dyer always dreamed of writing a definitive study of D.H. Lawrence. But doing research felt like putting off writing, and he couldn’t write without doing sufficient research. As Dyer endlessly circles his subject, procrastinates, dithers about, and goes off on red herrings, he takes his readers along for a ride, and the result is hilarious. In the end, he produces a marvelous portrait of Lawrence as well as a book on the agonies of writing. If you’re a serious reader and have put off reading it, take it with you to the beach this summer.