Creative paper-writing strategy from Zadie Smith

“I always think critical writing should meet its subject in sympathy. If you write about Borges, get a little Borgesian. If you write about Bergman, write Bergmanly. And so on. The stronger the voice of the artist under consideration the more I feel this. But Billie’s voice is so distinct I couldn’t find a way to write about it from any distance at all. In the end I just looked at the pictures and felt my way in.” – Z. Smith in the new New Yorker, on her story in the voice of B. Holiday, “Crazy They Call Me”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *