Zadie Smith

Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays

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How did George Eliot's love life affect her prose? Why did Kafka write at three in the morning? In what ways is Barack Obama like Eliza Doolittle? What is Italian feminism? If Roland Barthes killed the author, can Nabokov revive him? Is Date Movie the worst film ever made? Split into five sections -"e;Reading,"e; "e;Being,"e; "e;Seeing,"e; "e;Feeling,"e; and "e;Remembering"e;– Changing My Mind finds Zadie Smith casting an acute eye over material both personal and cultural. This engaging collection of essays reveals Smith as a passionate and precise essayist, equally at home in the world of great books and bad movies, family and philosophy, British comedians and Italian divas. Whether writing of Obama, Katharine Hepburn, Kafka, Anna Magnani, or David Foster Wallace, she brings a practitioner's care to the art of criticism, with a style as sympathetic as it is insightful.
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  • Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted3 years ago
    These are “occasional essays” in that they were written for particular occasions, particular editors.
  • Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted3 years ago
    I am especially grateful to Bob Silvers, David Remnick, Deborah Treisman, Cressida Leyshon, Lisa Allardice and Sarah Sands for suggesting I stray into film reviewing, obituaries, cub reporting, literary criticism and memoir.
  • Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted3 years ago
    Two thousand words about Christmas? About Katharine Hepburn? Kafka? Liberia? A hundred thousand words piled up that way.

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