Must Read: Zadie Smith on Liberia
The celebrated UK novelist Zadie Smith has just filed a long, colorful dispatch from Liberia for the UK Guardian newspaper. Smith is best known for her spectacular debut, White Teeth.
I have only two small issues with her newest piece:
1. She says that "Charles Taylor is Innocent" billboards have been posted "across Monrovia". But to my knowledge there is only one of these in existence, and even that one has been defaced with acid.
2. Encountering Liberian English for the first time, she states in a rather patronizing fashion that it's "difficult to understand". I would only point out that Liberian English is a language with all the complexity of any other language on Earth, and that it's not difficult for Liberians to understand.