Between the climate crisis, Brexit and the launch of winter Love Island , it is easy to feel caught in an existential spiderweb, waiting for anxiety or the onset of World War Three, whichever comes first to consume you. But some writers are making light work of untangling the last 10 years. Incisive and exacting, their essays tackle the big and the small — meme culture, Dostoyevsky, Bieber pandemonium, race politics, and the climate crisis are made comprehensible in their hands. Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino The New Yorker staff writer is most astute when deciphering her home ground — the internet. Her best essays talk double-tapping automaton, monetisation and surveillance, and hardcore fans begging their favourite celebrities to kill them.
Zadie Smith’s new book of essays proves she’s as great a critic as she is a novelist
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In her new collection of essays, Zadie Smith captures this moment like a watercolor painting. While there will likely be many books written about — historical, analytical, political — Smith says this collection is none of those things. And I suddenly thought of it as a way of participating, of raising money, of being active. When the lockdown in New York City began, Smith says she assumed, as many writers do, that she would be more productive. But she found it just as difficult to focus as others. Even though she writes about race and racism, Smith says she does not consider herself an activist.
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Zadie Smith writes essays like a novelist. By taking a circuitous, indirect and deeply personal approach to her subject matter, Smith often hits essential truths about human nature or society. Rather than addressing her subject directly and her readers indirectly, she does the opposite.