Zadie Smith riffs on Jay-Z, Philip Roth and Justin Bieber in feel-good 'Feel Free'
Feel Free, Zadie Smith’s second collection of essays (Penguin Press, 435 pp., ★★★½ out of four), brims with a wide-ranging enthusiasm — she’s stoked by everything from highbrow art to TV sketch comedy. But her excitement is tempered by a concern over what politics have done to the cultural landscape.
In the opening pages, she laments public libraries that are at risk of closing in her native England and the ugly tribalism fueled by Brexit. Smith likes to keep musical and artistic metaphors handy — her 2016 novel, Swing Time, was a study of race framed around dance and pop music — and she... read more
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