"Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays" by Zadie Smith (2009)
From the inside cover,
"Changing My Mind finds Zadie Smith casting an acute eye over material both personal and cultural.
How did George Eliot's love life affect her prose? Why did Kafka write at three in the morning? In what ways is Barack Obama like Eliza Doolittle? Can you be overdressed for the Oscars? What is Italian feminism? If Roland Barthes killed the Author, can Nabokov revive him? What does 'soulful' mean? Is Date Movie the worst film ever made?
Changing My Mind is journalism at its most expansive, intelligent and funny - a gift to readers and writers both. Within its covers an essay is more than a column of opinions; it's a space in which to think freely."