zadie smith talks belonging, diversity in her works - the stanford daily
Stanford Daily · 3/8/19
Stanford Daily
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  • Pegeen - 1 week ago
    I found the author’s view of deeply belonging as frightening interesting. I certainly get what she means, how exclusionary it can become, how possibly violent. I also like her idea of having to have a sense of history, it’s importance in one’s life. I’ve always felt that, not so much with an ancestral identity but more within my family and friends. History is comforting, a shared sense of knowing a familiar time, place, people - adds a richness to my relationships that I treasure. Of course I also loved the quote that skrt listed below. Yes, thank God for writers and books!
  • skrt - 1 week ago
    "Every time I feel useless I have to remember, as a reader, I am made by books that I’ve read … they formally constructed me.”

    So gorgeous. Love this lady.
    • bill - 1 week ago
      Oh wow!! What an article! Packs a lot into 3 minutes! Thanks so much for commenting/sharing!

      That definition of camp is new and interesting to me. I always think more of “deliberately exaggerated” and “male effeminate.” Both low-brow and sophisticated.

      Love this:

      “I could write more — and I know people write day and night and will produce many more books than I do — but then I like the way [my children] force me to be in the world, that’s the best way to put it,” she said.

      “Strip it for parts” might be the best college advice I’ve ever heard in my life.