Changing My Mind

Changing My Mind

Occasional Essays

Book - 2009
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A sparkling collection of Zadie Smith's nonfiction over the past decade.

Zadie Smith brings to her essays all of the curiosity, intellectual rigor, and sharp humor that have attracted so many readers to her fiction, and the result is a collection that is nothing short of extraordinary.

Split into four sections?Reading,? ?Being,? ?Seeing,? and ?Feeling? Changing My Mind invites readers to witness the world from Zadie Smith's unique vantage. Smith casts her acute eye over material both personal and cultural, with wonderfully engaging essays'some published here for the first time'on diverse topics including literature, movies, going to the Oscars, British comedy, family, feminism, Obama, Katharine Hepburn, and Anna Magnani.

In her investigations Smith also reveals much of herself. Her literary criticism shares the wealth of her experiences as a reader and exposes the tremendous influence diverse writers?E. M. Forster, Zora Neale Hurston, George Eliot, and others'have had on her writing life and her self-understanding. Smith also speaks directly to writers as a craftsman, offering precious practical lessons on process. Here and throughout, readers will learn of the wide-ranging experiences'in novels, travel, philosophy, politics, and beyond'that have nourished Smith's rich life of the mind. Her probing analysis offers tremendous food for thought, encouraging readers to attend to the slippery questions of identity, art, love, and vocation that so often go neglected.

Changing My Mind announces Zadie Smith as one of our most important contemporary essayists, a writer with the rare ability to turn the world on its side with both fact and fiction. Changing My Mind is a gift to readers, writers, and all who want to look at life more expansively.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9781594202377
Characteristics: p. cm.


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Jan 16, 2017

This book seems to be a collection of articles written to be used for different purposes.
If you skip the ones that have no meaning to you, and just read the ones that you do have an interest in, you will enjoy those essays enormously. Insightful, interesting, moving, unexpected writing. I recommend the chapters on Liberia, Dead Men Laughing (the comic timing of her stand up comedian relative), Accidental hero (her father's time in WW II), her notes on an Oscar weekend. (I meant to give the book 4 stars, but hit the computer screen at the wrong place, and apparently can't be changed)

May 16, 2014

Even after a second attempt, I found this book too academic, in the worst sense.

ser_library Aug 20, 2011

essays on film, on literature and on politics and life; includes talks and articles.


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