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By Zadie Smith
"[These essays] mirror a full of life, unselfconscious, rigorous, erudite, and earnestly open brain that is busy refining its view of existence, literature, and greatly in between."
-Los Angeles Times
cut up into 5 sections-Reading, Being, Seeing, Feeling, and Remembering--Changing My Mind unearths Zadie Smith casting an acute eye over fabric either own and cultural. This attractive choice of essays-some released right here for the 1st time-reveals Smith as a passionate and specified essayist, both at domestic on the planet of significant books and undesirable video clips, relations and philosophy, British comedians and Italian divas. even if writing on Katherine Hepburn, Kafka, Anna Magnani, or Zora Neale Hurston, she brings deft care to the artwork of feedback with a method either sympathetic and insightful. Changing My Mind is journalism at its such a lot expansive, clever, and funny-a present to readers and writers either.
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