Something I never fail to appreciate about books is their ability to lend words to experiences that thus far defied my own vocabulary. Take this scene from… 683 more words
Zadie Smith looks genuinely shy at the rapture she receives walking onto the stage at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. She shouldn’t be. This smart, sassy writer is, as host Ted Hodgkinson, Southbank Centre’s Senior Programmer in Literature and Spoken Word, she is one of the ‘essential voices of our time.’ 578 more words
As the train approached Tokyo Central Station, he looked down upon a tree-lined avenue.
It ran east and west, almost at right angles to the railroad. 202 more words
On second reading, Zadie Smith’s acerbic third novel, On Beauty, fails to make any real emotional impact.
Essentially the story of two feuding families in the rarefied atmosphere of academia and a (fictional) New England university just outside Boston, … 818 more words