On Optimism and Despair | by Zadie Smith | The New York Review of Books

If novelists know anything it’s that individual citizens are internally plural: they have within them the full range of behavioral possibilities. They are like complex musical scores from which certain melodies can be teased out and others ignored or suppressed, depending, at least in part, on who is doing the conducting. At this moment, all over the world—and most recently in America—the conductors standing in front of this human orchestra have only the meanest and most banal melodies in mind.

English: Zadie Smith announcing the five 2010 ...
English: Zadie Smith announcing the five 2010 National Book Critics Circle finalists in fiction. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Source: On Optimism and Despair | by Zadie Smith | The New York Review of Books

 

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