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There may only be a few words and a few sentences but these essays, bursting with all the emotions that the pandemic has blunted, are masterful. They are as crafted from marble. Some are obvious. Some take one by complete surprise as if finally, I have the right spectacles and I can see. There is a hum to this book. A sound we have missed during these muffled months. And now I can hear better once again.
I love Zadie Smith’s writing. I’ve only read her fiction up to now, but these essays are brilliant and capture the sheer insanity of the times we are living through in 2020. I keep pausing and rereading sentences - enthralled by how well she writes
‘... conspiracy theories, which I have never considered anything less than an entirely rational mode of processing contemporary American reality.’ From A Character in a Wheelchair in the Vestibule, Intimations by Zadie Smith
What a wonderful collection of essays. These put into words the incoherence of 2020, with a mixture of compassion and anger. I think at this point, when the pandemic is still ongoing, the only way to grasp it is through such short impressionistic essays that engage with personal and collective history. The final essay is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read and brought me to tears.
A thoughtful, unique, eloquent and comprehensive collection of existential vignettes all about the times we live in. Each short chapter challenges perspective and creates perspective in rapid succession.
Consumed in one sitting...will be digesting for weeks.