Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays

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Penguin, Nov 12, 2009 - Literary Collections - 320 pages
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"[These essays] reflect a lively, unselfconscious, rigorous, erudite, and earnestly open mind that's busy refining its view of life, literature, and a great deal in between." --Los Angeles Times

Split into five sections--Reading, Being, Seeing, Feeling, and Remembering--Changing My Mind finds Zadie Smith casting an acute eye over material both personal and cultural. This engaging collection of essays, some published here for the first time, reveals Smith as a passionate and precise essayist, equally at home in the world of great books and bad movies, family and philosophy, British comedians and Italian divas. Whether writing on Katherine Hepburn, Kafka, Anna Magnani, or Zora Neale Hurston, she brings deft care to the art of criticism with a style both sympathetic and insightful. Changing My Mind is journalism at its most expansive, intelligent, and funny--a gift to readers and writers both.

Zadie Smith’s newest novel, Swing Time, will be published by Penguin Press in November 2016.


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User Review  - ElizabethAndrew - LibraryThing

Smart, smart, smart. I can't imagine reading literary criticism in bed written by anyone else. Her essay on Obama's capacity to speak multiple versions of English should be assigned college reading. And her memoirs are rich, lively, worth studying. Read full review

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User Review  - snash - LibraryThing

Changing My Mind is a mixed bag of essays, all written with intelligence and insight but many of narrow interest. I found the essays on "Their Eyes Were Watching God", "That Crafty Feeling", Speaking ... Read full review

Contents

WHAT DOES SOULFUL
Three MIDDLEMARCH AND EVERYBODY
Five F KAFKA EVERYMAN
Seven THAT CRAFTY FEELING
Nine SPEAKING IN TONGUES
Ten HEPBURN AND GARBO
Twelve AT THE MULTIPLEX 2006
Thirteen TEN NOTES ON OSCAR WEEKEND
Fifteen ACCIDENTAL HERO
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About the author (2009)

Zadie Smith was born in Northwest London in 1975 and still lives in the area. She is the author of White TeethThe Autograph ManOn Beauty, Changing My Mind, NW, and most recently, Swing Time.


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