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Mashup: Zadie Smith's Sweet Charity + Martin Amis' Career Move

For the uninitiated in our mashups...we jam and riff on different stories (all in the same session) and get to play with themes and characters and formats more freely than if we were reading a single one. Often this "disorderly" method seems to heighten our aftertaste of each piece.

So, consider two brand new pieces as raw material for our literary play.

Zadie Smith's "Sweet Charity" is a personal essay on what happens when a childhood friend turns to her, now a successful author, for money.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/10/11/101011fa_fact_smith

Martin Amis' short satire "Career Move" imagines the lives of a poet and a screenplay writer transposed. Think of it as a sort of a literary sci fi from the 80s.

http://www.martinamisweb.com/commentary_files/career_move_1.pdf
http://www.martinamisweb.com/commentary_files/career_move_2

Happy reading!

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  • Jessica

    For those who hung around, the link to the Christopher Walken music video:
    http://youtu.be/ZM1fkHQP_Pw

    October 21, 2012

  • Bo

    Are you sure you didn't mean Martin Amis' lengthy satire?
    Zadie Smith's bittersweet Sweet Charity makes you face yourself. Anyone up for facing yourself?

    October 6, 2012

    • Bo

      Arlinda, I'm much better suited to talking about the lowest forms of therapy.

      October 7, 2012

    • Arlinda S.

      Yes, of course one should be self-protecting, too. But can we always controll when we are to face ourself? I imagine, Zadie was probably caught by surprise...

      October 7, 2012

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