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Zadie Smith

  • Writers do not write what they want, they write what they can. When I was 21 I wanted to write like Kafka. But, unfortunately for me, I wrote like a script editor for The Simpsons who'd briefly joined a religious cult and then discovered Foucault.

    • Zadie Smith,
    • "This Is How It Feels to Me," in The Guardian ()
  • But surely to tell these tall tales and others like them would be to spread the myth, the wicked lie, that the past is always tense and the future, perfect.

Zadie Smith, English writer

(1975)