What Makes a Good Writer? (originally written by Zadie Smith)

Illustration by Garrincha

Becoming your own cartographer

When it comes to reading, it’s a Kierkegaardian level of commitment that we’ve forgotten about: intimate, painstaking, with nothing at all to do with Hegelian system-building or theoretical schools, and everything to do with our ethical reality as subjects. You have to make the map of Copenhagen yourself. You have to be open to…