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Friday, March 21, 2014

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith in Conversation


Via Colorlines, this meeting of two geniuses, this blessing unto all of our lives. Here's a sample:

CNA: People say, “Your female characters are so strong, how do you do that??” and I think… [makes face]

CNA & ZS: [laughs at all the basic people on Earth]

ZS: I think someone once very unwisely gave my mom a copy of Bridget Jones's Diary in the mid-'90s, a book I found very funny and sweet but for my mom it might as well have been written in Swahili for as much as she comprehended the situation. “What is wrong with this woman? What is her issue? I don’t understand, what’s the problem here?”

CNA & ZS: [laughs again, schooling whole planet]

CNA: So for me, I’m writing about women who are familiar. Not to say that all women I know are strong and have their shit together. They’re not. But to say that the idea of a woman being strong, and simply being strong, not to prove anything or not to be unusual, is normal to me. Yeah! Right?

[MAD APPLAUSE]



13 Comments / Post A Comment

rathermarvelous

I want to read these people, but I tend to find fiction about academics/academia reallllly tiresome. Are they still worth reading?

adriana

@rathermarvelous I think so, yes! Americanah was about so much more than academia. Really great characters.

blue_canary

@rathermarvelous If you like non-fiction, Zadie Smith's book of collected essays "Changing My Mind" is really great.

idrathernot

@rathermarvelous I agree with @adriana! Americanah was AMAZING and not at all alienating to non-academics (including myself). Half of a Yellow Sun was also great.

adriana

I know @atipofthehat said it already, but yes, this was Wonderful.

meowmischen

For anyone who doesn't have time to watch the whole thing right now, the quoted part starts about 18 minutes in. Bookmarking to watch the rest later!

Shara

My book club is reading Americanah for next month. I was thinking of skipping because it's long and I'm SO busy (with my academia job!), but this changed my mind.

Cara

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. My two favorite writers together = too much perfection. They are brilliant.

saraldn

Sheroes, INDEED. So much SMART

de Pizan

This was so very good.

Interim

What is this holiest of unions?!

novak

This is fantastic! BUT THAT LOST SIGNAL IN THE MIDDLE ;___; it's so wonderful to watch two exceptional writers discuss their experiences and writing like this.

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