Zadie Smith + Your First Person
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“I do feel comforted to discover I'm not the only person on this earth who has no idea what life is for, nor what is to be done with all this time aside from filling it.” -- Zadie Smith, Intimations
From her website:
Zadie Smith is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, NW, and Swing Time, as well as two collections of essays, Changing My Mind and Feel Free. Zadie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002 and was listed as one of Granta's 20 Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and again in 2013. White Teeth won multiple literary awards including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award, and the Guardian First Book Award. On Beauty was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Orange Prize for Fiction, and NW was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Zadie Smith is currently a tenured professor of fiction at New York University and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
This AT HOME ART DATE is a chance for you to reflect on your past year in the first person.
(element one) LISTEN to Zadie Smith.
(element two) WATCH Zadie Smith in Conversation.
(element three) WRITE a short story.
(element one) LISTEN to Zadie Smith read from her new book about life during Covid, Intimations here.
(element two) WATCH Zadie Smith in Conversation with Ashley C. Ford at 92Y here.
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(element three) WRITE a short story in the first person about your survival instincts during Covid.
How does it feel to look back over the last year? Are you able to have a sense of humor about how you responded to Covid? Too painful?
Finished? Congratulations. Well done, artist!
If you seek perfection, you will never reach completion.
Please send your story to a friend or send it to me. I would love to see what you have created! Try always to share your art.
I hope you find Zadie Smith + Your First Person to be a compelling AT HOME ART DATE.
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Zadie Smith & Nick Laird interviewed at the Queen's Park Book Festival