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Latest 7 Dec 2022 | Updated Daily

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83* Elizabeth Ferry and John Plotz on Zadie Smith

New Books in Literary Studies

John and Elizabeth look back at Recall This Book’s terrific 2019 conversation with Zadie Smith , so you may want to listen to that again before proceeding Elizabeth and John try their best to unpack Zadie Smith’s take on sincerity, authenticity and human sacredness; the “golden ticket” dirty secret behind our hypocritical academic meritocracy; surveillance capitalism as the “biggest capital grab of human experience in history;” and her genealogy of the novel. If we had to sum the day up with a few adjectives: funny, provocative, resplendent, chill, generous, cantankerous.Discussed in this episode: Tony Judt, Postwar Richard Hoggart, The Uses of Literacy Nicholas Lehmann, The Big Test Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge Doris Lessing The Fifth Child Muriel Spark, The Girls of Slender Means Stephen McCauley (with JP on RTB) Barbara Pym and the Comic Novel Hilary Mantel, Beyond Black (and others…) Joseph O’Neill, Netherland J. P. Toussaint, The Bathroom Virginia Woolf, The Common Reader, A Room of One’s Own, “Moments of Being” Philip Roth, The Counterlife, Exit Ghost Listen to the episode here:You can read the transcript here:RTB 15x Ferry and Plotz on ZSElizabeth Ferry is Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University. Email: ferry@brandeis.edu. John Plotz is Barbara Mandel Professor of the Humanities at Brandeis University and co-founder of the Brandeis Educational Justice Initiative. Email: plotz@brandeis.edu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/literary-studies

27mins

16 Jun 2022

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82* Zadie Smith in Focus (JP)

New Books in Literature

In this 2019 episode, John interviews the celebrated British writer Zadie Smith. The conversation quickly moves through Brexit (oh, the inhumanity!) and what it means to be a London–no, a Northwest London–writer before arriving at her case against identity politics. That case is bolstered by a discussion of Hannah Arendt on the difference between who and what a person is.Zadie and John also touch on the purpose of criticism and why it gets harder to hate as you (middle) age. She reveals an affection for “talkies” (as a “90’s kid,” she can’t help her fondness for Quentin Tarantino); asks whether young novelists in England need to write a book about Henry VIII just to break into bookstores; hears Hegel talking to Kierkegaard, and Jane Austen failing to talk to Jean Genet. Lastly, in Recallable Books, Zadie recommends Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s The Bathroom.Transcript of the episode here.Mentioned: Zadie Smith, White Teeth, NW, Swing Time, “Two Paths for the Novel” “Embassy of Cambodia,” Joni Mitchell: Some Notes on Attunement” “Zadie Smith on J G Ballard’s Crash“ Willa Cather, Song of the Lark (1915, revised 1932) Elif Batuman, The Idiot Charlotte Bronte, The Professor and Villette George Eliot, Middlemarch Pauline Kael, various film reviews Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood Ursula Le Guin, “The Story’s Where I Go: An Interview” Doris Lessing, The Fifth Child Hilary Mantel, Beyond Black and Wolf Hall Dexter Filkins, “The Moral Logic of Humanitarian Intervention” (on Samantha Power) Patti Smith, Just Kids Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge, Olive Again Gary Winick (dir.), Thirteen Going on Thirty (starring Jennifer Garner, not Anne Hathaway) Sally Rooney, Normal People Toyin Ojih Odutola Matthew Lopez, The Inheritance Jean-Philippe Toussaint, The Bathroom Elizabeth Ferry is Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University. Email: ferry@brandeis.edu. John Plotz is Barbara Mandel Professor of the Humanities at Brandeis University and co-founder of the Brandeis Educational Justice Initiative. Email: plotz@brandeis.edu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/literature

54mins

2 Jun 2022

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82* Zadie Smith in Focus (JP)

New Books in Literary Studies

In this 2019 episode, John interviews the celebrated British writer Zadie Smith. The conversation quickly moves through Brexit (oh, the inhumanity!) and what it means to be a London–no, a Northwest London–writer before arriving at her case against identity politics. That case is bolstered by a discussion of Hannah Arendt on the difference between who and what a person is.Zadie and John also touch on the purpose of criticism and why it gets harder to hate as you (middle) age. She reveals an affection for “talkies” (as a “90’s kid,” she can’t help her fondness for Quentin Tarantino); asks whether young novelists in England need to write a book about Henry VIII just to break into bookstores; hears Hegel talking to Kierkegaard, and Jane Austen failing to talk to Jean Genet. Lastly, in Recallable Books, Zadie recommends Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s The Bathroom.Transcript of the episode here.Mentioned: Zadie Smith, White Teeth, NW, Swing Time, “Two Paths for the Novel” “Embassy of Cambodia,” Joni Mitchell: Some Notes on Attunement” “Zadie Smith on J G Ballard’s Crash“ Willa Cather, Song of the Lark (1915, revised 1932) Elif Batuman, The Idiot Charlotte Bronte, The Professor and Villette George Eliot, Middlemarch Pauline Kael, various film reviews Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood Ursula Le Guin, “The Story’s Where I Go: An Interview” Doris Lessing, The Fifth Child Hilary Mantel, Beyond Black and Wolf Hall Dexter Filkins, “The Moral Logic of Humanitarian Intervention” (on Samantha Power) Patti Smith, Just Kids Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge, Olive Again Gary Winick (dir.), Thirteen Going on Thirty (starring Jennifer Garner, not Anne Hathaway) Sally Rooney, Normal People Toyin Ojih Odutola Matthew Lopez, The Inheritance Jean-Philippe Toussaint, The Bathroom Elizabeth Ferry is Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University. Email: ferry@brandeis.edu. John Plotz is Barbara Mandel Professor of the Humanities at Brandeis University and co-founder of the Brandeis Educational Justice Initiative. Email: plotz@brandeis.edu. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/literary-studies

54mins

2 Jun 2022

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Episode 3: Robyn Warhol & Jim Phelan — Zadie Smith’s “The Waiter’s Wife”

Project Narrative

In this month’s episode of the Project Narrative Podcast, Robyn Warhol, Distinguished Professor of English at the Ohio State University and Core Faculty Member of Project Narrative, joins Jim Phelan to discuss Zadie Smith’s 1999 short story, “The Waiter’s Wife,” which Smith also incorporated into her award-winning novel, White Teeth, published the following year.

1hr 11mins

15 Dec 2021

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King Richard, Wheel of Time and new Zadie Smith play reviewed, Playwright Moira Buffini

Front Row

New movie King Richard stars Will Smith and focuses on the father of Venus and Serena Williams. The Wife of Willesden is the first play by Zadie Smith. And Wheel of Time is a new fantasy series on Amazon Prime Video. Ashley Hickson-Lovence and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh join Samira to review all three.Moira Buffini on her darkly comic new state of the nation play for the National Theatre, Manor, directed by her sister Fiona.Presenter: Samira AhmedProducer: Laura Northedge

42mins

18 Nov 2021

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The (Root C)annals of History in "White Teeth" by Zadie Smith

Left Shelf

Zadie Smith’s debut novel, one she wrote at the tender age of 19, is full of irony, witty sayings, and wild rollercoaster storylines. It is the epitome of social and personal chaos spanning several generations, families and cultures.  In this episode, we discuss immigrant psychology, radicalization (left or right), genetic manipulation (?) and the tides of history. Read White Teeth (free): hereFeaturing Mike from Turn Leftist Podcast:Turn Leftist PatreonTurn Leftist Linktree (with links to shirts & discord)Turn Leftist Twitter: @turnleftistpodTurn Leftist Instagram: @turnleftist or @turnleftist1312Turn Leftist FacebookFollow Left Shelf on:TwitterFacebookEmail Website InstagramYoutube Become a monthly contributor on Patreon: www.patreon.com/leftshelfSupport the show

1hr 31mins

1 Nov 2021

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An Essay on Reading and Writing | Fail Better by Zadie Smith | Book Podcast

A Book A Day

Fail Better is an essay by Zadie Smith. It's about writers and their quest for the perfect novel. As the essay explores a writer's struggles, it ends up teaching us far more about the quest of reading and writing. I narrate this essay in today's podcast.

27mins

5 Jun 2021

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Zadie Smith: “complicated, but always human”

Baptized in Glitter

Zadie Smith; Novelist, Essayist, Thinker for our time.Zadie's first novel White Teeth was published at the tender age of 25, she was still a student at Cambridge when the unfinished manuscript of her first novel sparked a bidding war between publishers- it went on to be an instant success garnering praise and awards.Since then, she has long been an interpreter of multicultural Britain but has resisted becoming a symbol for it. She has become the rare kind of writer who’s opinion is regularly sought out because it is hers— in perusing her body of books, articles and essays it seems the woman can make an interesting sentence about most anything, from Jay- Z to the roman philosopher Marcus Aurelius.We met in 2017, when my good friend Catie Lazarus (who this episode is dedicated, we lost Catie to cancer in December) paired us onstage in her show Employee of the Month.  Zadie Smith used the early lockdown period to pen a concise and powerful volume of six personal essays titled Intimations, that was released last summer.  All of her royalties for the book go to two charities, The Equal Justice Initiative and The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for New York.THANK you to my Patrons on Patreon for giving me the vehicle to make this work.  I couldn't and more importantly wouldn't have done it without their support. Join me there if you’d like to support this podcast, for as little as $2 per month with no obligation to stick around long term. patreon.com/rizolove www.zadiesmith.com Catie’s Podcast; https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/employee-of-the-month/id487274151

1hr 25mins

19 Apr 2021

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(Mini Novel) The Embassy of Cambodia - Zadie Smith [Chapter 13-21]

Ammy Reads

Karya unik ini mengisahkan tentang Fatou, seorang asisten rumah tangga dari Pantai Gading yang bekerja pada sebuah keluarga kaya asal Timur Tengah di London. Rumah majikannya berada di sebuah kawasan elit di pinggiran Kota London. Suatu ketika di kawasan itu muncul pula sebuah kedutaan besar Kamboja yang tampak seperti bangunan rumah besar biasa. Namun, ada hal yang mencuri perhatian Fatou.

24mins

1 Apr 2021

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(Mini Novel) The Embassy of Cambodia - Zadie Smith [Chapter 1-12]

Ammy Reads

Awal mula diterbitkan sebagai cerpen di The New Yorker, karya ini kemudian di-novel-kan oleh sang penulis. Menjadikan The Embassy of Cambodia (mungkin) novel tertipis di dunia. Hanya sebanyak 69 halaman yang terdiri dari 21 chapter singkat namun berisi.

29mins

30 Mar 2021

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