When Zadie met Shady. By Zadie Smith
In the face of this kind of misplaced hysteria, good rappers don’t back down. They defend the right to use words in the same way any novelist or filmmaker is free to do. They tell their personal truths.
Zadie Smith was born in North-West London in 1975. In November 2016 Hamish Hamilton will publish her much anticipated next novel, Swing Time. She is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty and NW, as well as The Embassy of Cambodia and a collection of essays, Changing My Mind. She is also the editor of The Book of Other People. Widely regarded as one of the most talented authors of her generation, Zadie Smith is currently a tenured professor of Fiction at NYU. She lives in London and New York with her husband and two children.
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