It’s on this day in 1975 that Zadie Smith’s (books by this author) epic novel White Teeth (2000) begins. It’s the saga of two friends --- one a middle-aged, middle-class Englishman named Archie Jones and the other a Bengali Muslim immigrant named Samad Iqbal --- and about their families in London. Zadie Smith was just 25 years old when she published the novel, and critics from around the world raved at her ambitious subject matter and lyrical prose. She won the Whitbread Book Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and the James Tait Black Prize. Time magazine later put her book on its list of 100 Best English-Language Novels.
In White Teeth, Zadie Smith wrote: “The thinnest covering of luck was on him like fresh dew. While he slipped in and out of consciousness , the position of the planets, the music of the spheres, the flap of a tiger moth's diaphanous wings in Central Africa, and a whole bunch of other stuff . . . had decided it was second-chance time for Archie.”
And, “The more blessed she felt on earth, the more rarely she turned to heaven.”
From The Writer's Almanac
White Teeth is awesome, fyi.
1. This is not exactly what you'd call a news-flash, but new Star World sucks, majorly. I mean, it just went all pink on all of us and hired a bunch of asian chicks to act like they're being 'kickass'. There's an ad in which one of them ditches her (awesome) clothes for something lame/~girly. And all of these harkatien take place as Hilary Duff's I Am plays in the background. Hilary Duff. Jesus! From Black Eyed Peas's Let's Get It Started three–four years back to HILARY FRIGGIN DUFF. WHY.
2. People keep taking their shirts off in Twilight.
I don't like it.
Why am I watching Twilight? Kristen Stewart, man.
The I-must-take-my-shirt-off squad is extremely distracting. Also, they keep talking. I mean, chup naheen hotay! They're all like OMG BELLA I LOVE YOU or OMG BELLA I MUST LEAVE YOU or OMG BELLA I WANNA PROTECT YOU and I'm all like SHUT UP YOU GUYS, TEAM BELLA FTW.
Anyhow, I like Lautner better as Shark-Boy. He was so cute.
3. I hate shows about magic. Seriously, magic is kind of a face-to-face thing. If the performer's right in front of you, the whole thing is cool and interesting. Otherwise it just means there is nothing else on TV and that's why you have to watch a guy be all I believe we can change things with our minds. Our minds are great tools and with them we can change illusions into reality. Watch as I walk on water. And then he does his fucking trick and a bunch of hired coloured people go apeshit (nobody really cares much about white people being excited) and you wonder why your life is so sad and why Wipeout isn't on instead.
Speaking of which, Wipeout has got to be the best bloody reality show ever. I shit you not. I'm gonna write a long-ass post about why I love the show, complete with pictures and a comparison between the American and Australian version.
4. I have socio homework that I am in no mood to do.
Adding to Be-Kind, I've got a list of my smaller resolutions here:
+ Read more
+ Phase out drinking of coffee with milk; replace with plain coffee + sugar
+ Write more
HI THERE. DO YOU LOVE TYPE? I LOVE TYPE. THESE PEOPLE DO TOO.
I really like dashes and hyphens and random factoids about type, so