Author Zadie Smith, whose On Beauty is on the shortlist for the Booker Prize for Fiction, describes her country as “a disgusting place, it’s terrifying. Maybe I’m just getting old.” Maybe, though she’s only 29, so I’m sure it’s something else. We’re not ones to argue, but I’m not sure this is going to play with the British judges. She did also add that “In a novel you’re never wrong. Novelists aren’t intellectuals, they’re just intuitive, if they’re lucky.” Whether you agree or not, I think that’s a pretty interesting statement, especially when many seem to be turning to authors, musicians and actors for influence and guidance. Maybe all they want to do is write some books, I have a feeling they’re not the only ones.