Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays

Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays

by Zadie Smith
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Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith

"[These essays] reflect a lively, unselfconscious, rigorous, erudite, and earnestly open mind that's busy refining its view of life, literature, and a great deal in between." —Los Angeles Times

Split into five sections—Reading, Being, Seeing, Feeling, and Remembering—Changing My Mind finds Zadie Smith casting an acute eye over material both personal and cultural. This engaging collection of essays, some published here for the first time, reveals Smith as a passionate and precise essayist, equally at home in the world of great books and bad movies, family and philosophy, British comedians and Italian divas. Whether writing on Katherine Hepburn, Kafka, Anna Magnani, or Zora Neale Hurston, she brings deft care to the art of criticism with a style both sympathetic and insightful. Changing My Mind is journalism at its most expansive, intelligent, and funny—a gift to readers and writers both.

Zadie Smith’s newest novel, Swing Time, will be published by Penguin Press in November 2016.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141019468
Publisher: Viking Penguin
Publication date: 06/28/2011

About the Author

Zadie Smith was born in Northwest London in 1975 and still lives in the area. She is the author of White TeethThe Autograph ManOn Beauty, Changing My Mind, NW, and most recently, Swing Time.


London, England

Date of Birth:

October 27, 1975

Place of Birth:

Willesden, London, England


B.A. in English, King's College at Cambridge University, 1998

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mfcufc More than 1 year ago
This collection of essays, speeches and writings from Zadie Smith is designed to make you take a look at the world in a different way. Her literary essays make you rethink your opinions and readings of Nabokov, Kafka, Dostoevsky, Kingsley Amis and Larkin. Having this book on audio takes the hard work out of reading some of the more erudite essays, instead they wash over you leaving you with a far richer impression than if you were reading them yourself, dictionary at hand for disruptive delvings to explain some of the more gothic language she uses. This use of language seems to suggest that this comes from someone else, not the self of the author. She is on much more familiar terms when she talks about her own writing - suddenly the language becomes less structured, freer and we are reaquainted with the author we know, rather than the lecturer we have not met. In the end, we are left with a feeling of someone who understands the theory of writing but is more at home with the craft, preferring the micro-management of writing to the macro-planning. For this we, her readers, are eternally grateful.
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bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
This book is a collection of essays that give you a chance to befriend the author. The book is divided into four sections that are: Reading, Being, Seeing and Feeling. Reading this book made me look at some things a little differently. I started understanding things that I never understood before. At the same time, I was forced to rethink some of my own thoughts because I saw them from a different perspective. If you like to dig deep down and think about the meaning behind life, this is the perfect book to sit down with.