Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Zadie Smith || In Her Own Words

"The ideal reader cannot sleep when holding the writer he was meant to be with."
Zadie Smith

"The past is always tense, the future perfect." — Zadie Smith

"The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life."
— Zadie Smith

"The future's another country, man... And I still ain't got a passport. "
— Zadie Smith

"When I write I am trying to express my way of being in the world. This is primarily a process of elimination: once you have removed all the dead language, the second-hand dogma, the truths that are not your own but other people's, the mottoes, the slogans, the out-and-out lies of your nation, the myths of your historical moment - once you have removed all that warps experience into a shape you do not recognize and do not believe in - what you are left with is something approximating the truth of your own conception." — Zadie Smith

"Pulchritude--beauty where you would least suspect it, hidden in a word that looked like it should signify a belch or a skin infection." — Zadie Smith

"He was bookish, she was not; he was theoretical, she political. She called a rose a rose. He called it an accumulation of cultural and biological constructions circulating around the mutually attracting binary poles of nature/artifice." — Zadie Smith

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