Zadie Smith on Life Writing

For a long time, I’ve wanted to keep a diary. I tried throughout adolescence but always gave it up. I dreamt of being very frank, like Joe Orton, whose diaries I admired very much; I found them in the library when I was about 14.

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Zadie Smith is the author of the novels White Teeth, The Autograph Man, On Beauty, and NW, the novella The Embassy of Cambodia, and the nonfiction collection Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays.

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