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15 Zadie Smith Quotes And Essays That Will Rock Your Life

Vote Zadie for best public intellectual.

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She sparred with the most feared English book critic and won the debate with grace.


After 9/11, The New Yorker's James Wood told Zadie & Co. to abandon meaningless sophistication for more heartfelt prose. Smith's response gracefully debunked Wood's assumptions about books.

It wasn't a bloodsport. It was a great conversation.

In sum: Read her fiction. Read her essays. Read everything she ever writes.

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