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On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Miraculous Zadie Smith. She manages to find beauty everywhere, to elevate the seemingly mundane to the sublime in this funny, touching story.

An homage to Howard’s End, this is the story of two families: the Kipps’s and the Belseys. 204 more words


A Tale of ... Several Campuses

As Malcolm Bradbury put it in the first line of The History Man: “Now it is autumn again; the people are all coming back,” yet the beginning of the school year simply doesn’t feel right without the murmur of the rain, wet boots and coats, warm sweaters, and red-gilded trees. 686 more words

Book Review

On Beauty

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

It may have been a few years since I read White Teeth, but I remembered enough about Zadie Smith’s writing that I was excited to get stuck into… 715 more words

Contemporary Fiction


This week, I found out there are people who don’t know I’m a hopeless Zadie Smith fan. And, worse still, there are people who read books but do not know Zadie. 1,015 more words


On Beauty and Sociopaths

As an exercise I’ve decided to think through the connections of two texts I’ve recently read: Adam Kotsko’s Why We Love Sociopaths: A Guide to Late Capitalist Television… 1,180 more words

Hair After Cancer: Blonde to Brunette with Stylist Cori Young

I’m apologizing before we’ve even started: I’m nervous. I’m tense. I’m sweating like crazy thanks to another California heat wave that just had to strike… 1,753 more words

On Acceptance

CR: On Beauty by Zadie Smith

So, your favourite piece of book blogging trash has returned! Following the elation, emotional rescue service and existential crisis of results day (no, I wasn’t expecting to write midnight essays on education either), I once again have the energy to  373 more words