"Crazy They Call Me" by Zadie Smith Originally published in the March 6, 2017 issue of The New Yorker.
More Zadie Smith is always a good thing, even if I haven’t loved her most recent contributions to the magazine. And here she is writing about Billie Holiday, from the perspective of Billie Holiday in 1957, toward the end of her life, in a relatively short piece. Apparently, Smith was originally going to write a straight biographical introduction for Jerry Dantzic’s forthcoming Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill., but it turned into this instead (and will still be included in that book). Should be lots of interesting things to discuss this week.
I can’t wait to read what you all think in the comments below!