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Zadie Smith in the NYRB:
Obama can do young Jewish male, black old lady from the South Side, white woman from Kansas, Kenyan elders, white Harvard nerds, black Columbia nerds, activist women, churchmen, security guards, bank tellers, and even a British man called Mr. Wilkerson, who on a starry night on safari says credibly British things like: "I believe that's the Milky Way." This new president doesn't just speak for his people. He can speak them. It is a disorienting talent in a president; we're so unused to it. I have to pinch myself to remember who wrote the following well-observed scene, seemingly plucked from a comic novel:
"Man, I'm not going to any more of these bullshit Punahou parties."
"Yeah, that's what you said the last time...."
"I mean it this time.... These girls are A-1, USDA-certified racists. All of 'em. White girls. Asian girls—shoot, these Asians worse than the whites. Think we got a disease or something."
"Maybe they're looking at that big butt of yours. Man, I thought you were in training."
"Get your hands out of my fries. You ain't my bitch, nigger...buy your own damn fries. Now what was I talking about?"
"Just 'cause a girl don't go out with you doesn't make her a racist."