Zadie Smith on Jay-Z. My only regret is that it's not twice as long. If she ever decides to write a hip-hop novel, it will probably be the ultimate marriage of those two worlds (the hip-hop thread in White Teeth is exquisitely done).

I have not yet begun NW, if only because the mediocre reviews don't inspire confidence: apparently, she really did decide to be done with literary realism in favor of experimentalism.

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