If there is one thing more depressing than reading other people’s old letters it is reading one’s own.
Here’s a rare recording of Ezra Pound reading his work.
“Several critics have already pointed out NW’s debt to Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. Both novels are concerned with female characters who are lost in their marriages and in their modern worlds. The pace of Smith’s prose, especially in the opening section, is reminiscent of Woolf’s, but in NW Smith creates a rhythm all her own.”
- K. Thomas Kahn, “Lamenting the Modern: On Zadie Smith’s NW.”