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Zadie? Well Zadie mopes. She frowns. She sulks. She shuns eye contact. And we’re not the first to notice it. Her shyness gives her a bad reputation, she tells us. In the past, signings have gone badly wrong, a lack of small talk with bookshop clerks the problem. Her publisher received complaints: Zadie Smith is rude, disgusting, anti-social. What did they expect, she asks us, a chat show host?
"In that community, Other Voices
has become known, from what I hear, as an “edgy” journal that isn’t afraid to take chances in style and content. I think as the editor, I’d emphasize the content part of that equation -- while we do like 'experimental' stories, the truth is that the writing we publish is still usually stylistically within the realm of the traditional. But we do like gritty, dark, disturbing work -- the kinds of things that some editors may shy away from or call 'unsympathetic.'"
"At the end of one of the prayer services, after George McVay had an altar call, meant specifically for us because there were a dozen people in the church, sixteen maybe, and George was calling, 'If there's anyone out there now who wants to be saved, come on up, come on up now!' Everyone else was saved. It was just us in the fourth row who hadn't been saved. We just sat there. When the church service was over, we all joined hands and prayed for the book. 'Lord, I want you to bless Peter and Jeff and bless their book. Make it a good book, God, one that serves you and tells your stories the way they should be told.'"