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Zadie Smith at London's Royal Festival Hall

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

London

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

I’ve had a copy of ‘On Beauty’ by Zadie Smith on my shelf for ages but as it is based on ‘Howards End’ by E. M. 476 more words

Books

'Swing Time' by Zadie Smith - #20 Books of Summer

My experience of Zadie Smith’s writing has been extreme. When the world went crazy for her debut, White Teeth (2000), I just didn’t feel the love, but I was persuaded to give Smith another chance when  581 more words

Reading

A Tree-Lined Avenue, Dropped From Some Foreign Country

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

Literary Morsels

‘On Beauty’ by Zadie Smith

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

Literature

Cheers To... March 2017

March Madness is now well and truly done (which means we’re 1/4 of the way through 2017, how did that even happen?), so I’m recapping the month that was… 396 more words

Culture

The Aesthetics of Simplicity

Picture yourself a Japanese tea room.

There are windows and a sliding door made of Japanese paper. It has a wooden mat floor called Tatami that provides warm shades. 409 more words

On Simplicity