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Aphorisms are what young people want to write. They feel like they know things, they think they can sum things up, they’re pleased to sum things up.
At the 2013 New Yorker Festival, Zadie Smith echoes Susan Sontag’s reservations about aphorisms, reflecting on the form as a symptom of youthful arrogance and sophomoric writing. Complement with Smith’s 10 rules of writing and her beautiful meditation on identity.
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