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Zadie Smith

Dismissing Soul Cycle Moms Is Cheap and Easy

Mina Samuels | Posted 10.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Mina Samuels

Dissing Soul Cycle Moms is a distraction from the real challenge facing each of us -- how can we elevate the barrage of mindfulness blandishments all around us into true, heightened self-awareness and real, effective action to make the world a better place, not just for ourselves.

Zadie Smith On Ambition And Unhappiness In Manhattan

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.10.2014 | Books

The essay about saying goodbye to New York City is practically a literary subgenre unto itself. It revolves around some common tropes: Early intoxicat...

Celebrating The All-Female Shortlist For The BBC National Short Story Awards

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 11.22.2014 | Books
Nikki Gloudeman

Considering the fact that women remain woefully underrepresented in the literary world, it came as a pleasant surprise today that this year's prestigious BBC National Short Story Awards shortlist is entirely -- as in 100 percent -- dominated by females.

New Meme Emerging for Climate Change

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 05.26.2014 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

It used to feel naive to talk openly about your actions to mitigate climate change. "It's all meaningless" would be the response. Watch now as the questions change from "What can be done?" to "What is being done... and what are you doing?"


Francis Levy | Posted 02.05.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

Heidegger said that the only way to live an authentic existence is through the awareness of death. By this definition Zadie Smith is living an inauthe...

The Year I Stopped Reading Men

Anna Szymanski | Posted 10.29.2013 | Books
Anna Szymanski

It was like when you turn on a TV set after spending a significant period of time streaming television online. Suddenly, you're covering your ears and asking why those Kia hamsters can't play a different song. You never used to notice the commercials, but now they're all you can hear.

Mother, Writer, Gypsy, Queen

Kate Baldwin | Posted 08.31.2013 | Parents
Kate Baldwin

Writing and motherhood are at odds with one another. Not because writers are inherently bad parents, but because writing and mothering require many of the same critical resources.

Interview With Vendela Vida About Always Apprentices

Nicki Richesin | Posted 06.19.2013 | Books
Nicki Richesin

It may come as something of a surprise that Vendela Vida doesn't have access to the internet at her home, but make no mistake, she's very connected.

How Zadie Smith Is Trying to Wake White Writers Up

Christina Patterson | Posted 12.10.2012 | Books
Christina Patterson

Smith is, in fact, following a path along which some other writers have walked. You could say that it was a path that started with Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.

The Book We're Talking About This Week

Posted 09.04.2012 | Books

"NW" by Zadie Smith Penguin, $26.95 September 4, 2012 What is it about? The book is about four Londoners' adult lives outside their childhood ho...

Mallika Rao

Zadie Smith's Welcome Return | Mallika Rao | Posted 09.04.2012 | Books

Zadie Smith has always been a gifted impressionist, sometimes to her detriment. In her debut novel White Teeth, the breadth of accents and dialect...

Hugh Dancy Hits the Spot: Hysteria

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.15.2012 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The new movie Hysteria answers an age old question, what do women want most?

Talking About Education in the Information Age

Nathan Hegedus | Posted 05.13.2012 | Education
Nathan Hegedus

I have bought into the idea that our schools are built for an industrial age long past. I do not want my daughter sitting at a desk all day.

How Do Our Facebook Selves Write About Death?

Lucas Kavner | Posted 04.14.2012 | Home
Lucas Kavner

As Houston's family and close friends mourn, do our "RIP Whitney" posts mean something, sandwiched between posts about cereal and recaps of The Bachelor, especially after we've watched, over many years, her slow-motion fall from grace?

Literary Love Letters To NYC | Posted 08.01.2011 | Books

From time to time, we all second-guess why we live in New York — especially in the wake of a pleasant holiday weekend away. It’s crowded, expensiv...

PHOTOS: 15 Cool Book Covers That Didn't Make The Cut | Posted 07.16.2011 | Books

For authors, choosing a book cover is the fraught moment their very private creation starts putting on its game face and getting ready to enter the ma...

Zadie Smith's Rules For Writers | Posted 06.26.2011 | Books

We asked some of the most esteemed contemporary authors for any golden rules they bring to their writing practice. Here are Zadie Smith's...

Spreading the Love: Book Reviews, Good and Bad

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

I've received a number of emails and comments lately, with various undertones of censure, stating that I only write good reviews. "Don't you have anything bad to say?" is the implied question.

Is Rap Poetry?

The Poetry Foundation | Adam Kirsch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Poetry Foundation: How Ya Like Me Now Does rap's suspended adolescence keep it from serious consideration? By Adam Kirsch The Anthology ...

David Pogue Makes Technology Seem Simpler

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Danny Groner

As the intersection between media and politics has become clearer, so too has the blending of technology and culture. And Pogue's at the forefront of this movement.

Am I Better Than Facebook?

Claire Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Claire Gordon

Facebook me is better than actual me. Smarter, wittier, funner, prettier. But does Facebook, as a platform, reduce the richness of my personhood? Absolutely.

New York Public Library Honors 2010 Lions

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Literary luminaries gathered last night at the New York Public Library for its annual Library Lions dinner. This year's honorees included two writer...

Zadie Smith, Chuck Klosterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

OK, so you may remember that a few months back a little magazine called The New Yorker decided to make a list of 20 top fiction writers under the age ...

New Yorker Festival 2010 Lineup Announced: Stephen King, Malcolm Gladwell, Dave Eggers

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The weekend of October 1st is going to be very busy in the literary world, as heavy hitters from across all book genres are slated to appear at the 11...

Slate: What The College-Bound Really Need To Read

Slate Magazine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Injustice and undesirable furniture aren't so great for the beach. So we thought we'd offer incoming freshmen an alternative list, one better suited t...