19 October 2005

Zadie Smith on writing . . .

"The best, the only real (writing) training you can get is from reading other people's books. I spent three years in college and wrote three and a half stories but I read everything I could get my hands on. White Teeth is really the product of that time; it's like the regurgitation of the kind of beautiful, antiquated, left-side-of-the-brain liberal arts education which is dying a death even as I write this. Generally, an English Lit degree trains you to be a useless member of the modern world and that's what I'm being in the only way I know how." ~British author Zadie Smith (whose latest novel On Beauty is a New York Times Bestseller) in an interview for Bold Type online 'zine

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