- Conversations in the Library: Zadie Smith & Kurt Andersen
Conversations in the Library: Zadie Smith & Kurt Andersen
Zadie Smith and Kurt Andersen discuss conceptions of the true world, post-White Teeth guilt and Protestant worry, the benefits of self-reinvention, dead white males, and a defense of gangsta rap at Conversations in the Library, part of the 2006 PEN World Voices Festival.
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