On Beauty

November 30, 2010

A few summers ago, I read Zadie Smith’s novel, On Beauty which deals with different racial and familial issues.  I began to think about the novel again after our section on spoken word.  I realized that as heavy as her statements are on the previous  issues, she also makes bold Henry Louis Gates-esque statements about spoken word’s place in the canon.  The daughter, Zora, an industrious student who is in an esteemed college poetry class, falls for a spoken word poet and a lot of other complicated things happen.  Eventually, though, Smith reinforces the importance of spoken word in the academic world and to see how you’ll just have to read the book.

Zadie Smith

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