Zadie Smith’s Swing Time

I liked, but did not love this book.The book begins with failure. Or “my humiliation” as the narrator, a young woman, puts it. The young woman has been sent back to London by some unknown employer. She is hiding in considerable affluence and is tasked with avoiding the public, not to escalate a situation. From …

My name is Zadie Smith, and I am a 38-year-old pathological reader. I would like to say in my defense that I don’t really get the appeal of YOLO. I live many times over. Hypothetical, subterranean lives that run beneath the relative tedium of my own and have the power to occasionally penetrate or even …

Everything possible is being done to make him feel that nothing momentous, like flight, is occurring. At no point does anyone suggest that he and four hundred other strangers of unknown mental-health status are trapped in a 400-tonne aircraft flying thirty thousand feet up in the air relying on equations of energy and velocity that …