Posts by: Ryan Zee


“Artful,” by Ali Smith


In one of the more memorable passages of Ali Smith’s Artful, the narrator notes how “surprisingly lightly” we treat books “in contemporary culture. We’d never expect to understand a piece of music on one listen, but we tend to believe we’ve read a book after reading it just once.” As I wound my way for the first time through Smith’s latest book, I kept returning to that remark.