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Changing My Mind – Occasional Essays, by Zadie Smith

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 24 April 2011

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 Changing My Mind – Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith

Changing My Mind – Occasional Essays (2009) (Collection of essays) by Zadie Smith (White Teeth (2000), The Autograph Man (2002), On Beauty (2005), and numerous essays for The Guardian, The New Yorker and other newspapers and magazines).

With essays on Hepburn and Garbo, to David Foster Wallace, from an Academy Award weekend in Los Angeles to E.M. Forster, Roland Barthes, Vladimir Nabokov, Tom McCarthy and a great deal more, and with a tone from travel documentary to insightful literary analysis, and most everything in between, Zadie Smith has offered us the opportunity to see how her mind works, and how she not only permits herself to change it, but even makes that her motto, shall we say.  There’s some very good writing here, and some, on the other hand, a bit difficult to get through, but well worth the effort required.  Smith can be extraordinarily perceptive, subtle, keen, as well as, perhaps, naively hopeful, even silly, and that, in itself, is marvelous and refreshing, intellectually challenging and agreeably human.

Her long essay on David Foster Wallace, entitled “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men: The Difficult Gifts of David Foster Wallace” is honestly excellent. (PR)

See our previous post on Zadie Smith, David Foster Wallace and Tom McCarthy, entitled “The Last Audit – Review of David Foster Wallace’s “The Pale King” by Tom McCarthy“, here.

Smith prefaces her book, which is dedicated to her father, with the two following quotes:

“The time to make your mind up about people is never!” (Tracy Lord, played by Katherine Hepburn, in The Philadelphia Story (1940), also starring Cary Grant and James Stewart; directed by George Cukor.)

“You get to decide what to worship.”  (David Foster Wallace)

Pankaj Mishra’s review of Changing My Mind – Occasional Essays, entitled “Other Voices, Other Selves” in the Sunday Book Review section of The New York Times, here.

Peter Conrad’s review of Smith’s book in The Guardian is aptly titled “Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith” and is found, here.

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His Shaggy World (and Welcome to It) – Exhibitions of the Work of Edward Koren, Cartoonist for The New Yorker Since 1962

Posted by the editors on Friday, 21 May 2010

Edward Koren/Wallach Art Gallery/The New York Times

“We can’t tell if it’s a malfunction or a dysfunction”, Edward Koren (1991).

Ken Johnson has written an amusing article (how could it not be?) entitled “His Shaggy World (and Welcome to It)” in the Art Review section of the Art & Design section of The New York Times looking at two shows featuring the work of the artist/illustrator/cartoonist Edward Koren, known for his work for The New Yorker magazine, since 1962.

Ah, yes, dysfunction.

“Edward Koren: The Capricious Line” through June 12 at the Wallach Art Gallery, Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University, Morningside Heights; (212) 854-7288, columbia.edu/cu/wallach. “Edward Koren: Parallel Play, Drawings 1979-2010” through June 2 at the Luise Ross Gallery, 511 West 25th Street, Chelsea; (212) 343-2161, luiserossgallery.com.

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Fake Philip Roth & John Grisham Interviews!

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 3 April 2010

The New Yorker

Judith Thurman has written an article entitled “Counterfeit Roth” in the Talk of the Town section of The New Yorker (online) which looks at the anti-Obama fake Philip Roth and John Grisham interviews written by freelance journalist, Tommaso Debenedetti, that were published in Italy in Libero, a tabloid notably sympathetic to Silvio Berlusconi, the publishing mogul and distinctly right of center italian Prime Minister.  Interesting reading with amusing comments by Roth, himself.

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