Zadie Smith in Cambridge and elsewhere - between in the middle of the 1990's and the 2010's

from Feel Free: Essays, pages 101–102, 104–105:

It was the kind of college gathering where I kept sneaking Blackstreet and Aaliyah albums into the CD drawer, and friends kept replacing them with other things.  And then there she was, suddenly: a piercing sound, a sort of wailing – a white woman, wailing, picking out notes in a non-sequence.  Out of tune – or out of anything I understood at the time as ‘tune’.  I picked up the CD cover and frowned at it: a skinny …   more >>

cite as

Zadie Smith, Feel Free: Essays (2018), p. 101–102, 104–105. accessed: 23 June, 2024

location of experience: Cambridge and elsewhere


Zadie Smith

Listening to

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written by Joni Mitchell
performed by Joni Mitchell

Experience Information

Date/Time between in the middle of the 1990's and the 2010's
Medium playback
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, solitary


Two experiences of listening to Joni Mitchell's music are included here: Smith's first encounter with her songs as a student in Cambridge in the mid-1990s, and her experience of listening to Mitchell in the 2010s.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:32:32 +0000
Approved on Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:01:55 +0000