To have read Proust is considered to be a significant and increasingly necessary accomplishment. The almost disarming frequency of his appearance as a literary cultural icon suggests that one hundred years after he began to write À la recherche du . . .
Zadie Smith started writing White Teeth while she was a student at Cambridge, and the novel was published when she was only twenty-four years old. A big, vibrant story of cross-cultural, cross-generational, modern London, White Teeth won three first . . .
He was tired, the gloss
had gone off the day,
but there was still the dog,
pacing, appearing at his desk
in indicting silence, with that chafing
yet stoical stare—the dog drawing him
on and out into day’s dimming aftermath, . . .