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Artful A stimulating combination of literary criticism, essay, and fiction The New Yorker from the incomparable Ali Smith Artful is a celebration of literature s worth in and to the world it is about the things art can do, the things art is made of, and the quicksilver nature of all artfulness A magical hybrid that refuses to be tied down to either fiction or the essay form, Artful is narrated by a character who is haunted literally by a former lover, the writer of a series of lectures about art and literature Ali Smith s heady powers as a novelist and short story writer harmonize with her keen perceptions as a reader and critic to form a living thing that reminds us that life and art are never separate


About the Author: Ali Smith

Ali Smith is a writer, born in Inverness, Scotland, to working class parents She was raised in a council house in Inverness and now lives in Cambridge She studied at Aberdeen, and then at Cambridge, for a Ph.D that was never finished In a 2004 interview with writing magazine Mslexia, she talked briefly about the difficulty of becoming ill with chronic fatigue syndrome for a year and how it forced her to give up her job as a lecturer at University of Strathclyde to focus on what she really wanted to do writing She has been with her partner Sarah Wood for 17 years and dedicates all her books to her.



10 thoughts on “Artful

  1. says:

    All of it I say.Lucky for you the ands are ampersands, you say.You are calling my bluff, of course I call yours back I take the book to the tattoo parlour down Mill Road and come home, after several sessions, with exactly this tattoo I choose to have it done in deep b


  2. says:

    There are books which through the softness of their sound, their words dipping into portals unseen that quiver upon memory and a haze of further meanings, set me into a mode of creative inquiry A different state of being finding anything else an intrusion while seeking seclus


  3. says:

    An extended Smith short story, wrapped like bacon around the sausage of her illuminating Oxford lectures, makes up this debut non fiction collection from the Best Living Scottish Novelist caps mean cred Her trope of using the second person to address an absent presence in this case,


  4. says:

    1.5 5 stars While I liked the concept of this book which is that it is based on 4 different university lectures given my Ali Smith and while some passages were thought provoking and interesting, this just wasn t a book for me I have to say that I actually found it a bit pretentious It s a lo


  5. says:

    Reading this book of lectures made me want to reread Oliver Twist and since I m not likely to do that anytime soon, I looked in my copy to see if Mudfog is mentioned or not mentioned in the very first paragraph and wondered if at the time I read it, I noticed that the Artful Dodger has dodged the su


  6. says:

    My review will be just two quotes lifted out of this amazing bookAll the time I read this book I felt it was feeding me. AndWe do treat books surprisingly lightly in contemporary culture We d never expect to understand a piece of music on one listen, but we tend to believe we ve read a book after reading it


  7. says:

    Jan Feb 2015 4.5 Truly Madly Deeply x The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas fragments of essays on literature ArtfulJust lovely I got it because it was my favouritest book cover I d seen in ages as said elsewhere, I don t like many recent covers The content wasn t what I expected, but was, if anything, even nicer I d


  8. says:

    A rather odd book, fusing notes from a series of lectures on the arts that the author gave at Oxford with a meditation on grieving for a lost partner.I wondered why the author chose to render this book as a work of fiction Why not present the lectures in their final form for us to digest As they are, the individual subject


  9. says:

    I saw you last night, though you are now far away I saw you and you saw what I was reading You said you d seen these lectures delivered You looked appalled when I said that I really wasn t enjoying them, and you chided me for my ignorance before asking why As I rifled through the pages of the book looking for examples, another old


  10. says:

    Me before starting Artful hmm I m not really sure how much I ll enjoy a book that s a fusion of essay, literature lecture and fictionAli Smith Hold my beer..Truly, I didn t think I d enjoy this one, and while there were some parts that went over my head classic Ali Smith tbf for the most part I was reading in sheer awe This is Smith s lov


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