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Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays af Zadie…
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Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays (original 2009; udgave 2010)

af Zadie Smith (Forfatter)

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A volume of essays is comprised of top-selected pieces from the past decade and considers a broad range of topics organized under such main categories as "Reading," "Being," "Seeing," and "Feeling."
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Titel:Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays
Forfattere:Zadie Smith (Forfatter)
Info:Penguin Books (2010), Edition: Reprint, 306 pages
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Some very nice essays in this one. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
I adored this. Zadie Smith is such a smart, badass lady and a champion of all other smart, badass ladies. She's so in awe of the world around her, so responsive, so smart, and with such an attention to detail.

It's weird reading this right after reading Jonathan Lethem's book, where every essay about something else is inevitably about himself. He writes an essay about "Defending the Searchers", in which he offers no real defense of The Searchers, just a painful image of a wincing, bespectacled nerd upbraiding his classmates and girlfriends, for reasons he can't even articulate.

But the way Zadie Smith writes is so personal and yet so deferential. There is never the solipsistic subtext you get with other young and talented writers. She's a very personal writer whose personality never overshadows her subjects. The only caveat about this book is that while Zadie Smith does a very good job of animating her subjects, you really have to know what she's talking about to appreciate it. I got about halfway through the E.M. Forester essay and while it elicited a few murmurs and "oh, uh-huh"s, I really didn't "get it". But that's my loss. This is an incredible collection.


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  uncleflannery | May 16, 2020 |
The DFW essay is quite beautiful. ( )
  Adammmmm | Sep 10, 2019 |
Essays on Navokov, Roland Barthes, Kafka, George Eliot, E.M. Forster, Katharine Hepburn, Zora Neale Hurston, Anna Magnani, David Foster Wallace and others. Delicious, insightful, cerebral writing from Zadie Smith. ( )
  bolero | Aug 30, 2019 |
One of Ms. Smith's projects in this rather sprawling collection is an assembly of the disparate. That sounds Foucauldian and I think I am wide of the mark with my designation, but only just. Such strange pieces are collected between these soft covers and I remain on the margins of my wits to discern the "what for." It speaks of my amateur treatment of essays that I regard the value of such in its ability to persuade me to the author's perspective. By my metric the early essays were failures. I didn't want to read Hurston or any more Forster; it was quite the contrary, if fact, I thought I don't need to bother. Not now anyway. Ruminations on Barthes and Nabokov were a different kettle but it should be stated throughout these myriad points of interest, I loved Smith's observations and language.

The essay Speaking in Tongues should be a necessary primer for those about to read NW. I wish I had encountered the essay before the novel. The Liberian journalism and cinematic sketches were sound if egregious. The autobiographical pieces on approach too the novel and her memories of her father are sublime. Such is the dearest under the sun, especially to this cranky sod who can't seem to step aside from the latest United loss.

The collection concludes with a eulogy of sorts to David Foster Wallace. Again Zadie Smith has not pushed my hand into another reading of DFW, I doubt nay one could these days. I am glad to have had this time with Smith's nonfiction.

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  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
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