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Zadie Smith Named Harper’s New Books Columnist

photo_zadie-smith_9.20.jpgPretty exciting news for Zadie Smith fangirls (aka certain blog editors): The author will be writing Harper’s magazine monthly New Books column beginning with the March 2011 issue.

Smith is replacing Benjamin Moser, who will stay on with the magazine as a contributing editor, tackling “long-form criticism, particularly of the visual arts”.

Says Smith of her new role:

I think a good book review is a place to meet a book on its own terms, not as an ideological vehicle or an academic plaything. Often people think of writing as primary and reading as the lesser art; in my life it’s the other way around. When I write about books I’m trying to honor reading as a creative act: as far as I’m concerned the job is not simply to describe an end product but to delineate a process, an intimate experience with a book which the general reader understands just as well as the professional critic.

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