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Changing my mind too

Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays - Zadie Smith

Smith treats a plethora of subjects in this collection; praising Forster and George Eliot, arguing for the demystification of Kafka, illuminating the Black cultural idea of soulfulness, detailing and analysing her visits to Liberia and to LA for the Oscars; recalling episodes from her father's life, and passionately advocating an appreciation of David Foster Wallace.

I feel affection and empathy for Smith throughout this book, admiring her eloquence and sharing her literary and political sensibilities. I was grateful for the light she brought to Kafka and Nabokov, and the experience of reader and author, engaging critically with Barthes. This book is rich in fruitful, personal, political and accessible ethical and aesthetic reflection.