• I just realized quite early on that I'm not going to be the type who can write a novel every two years. I think you need to feel an urgency about the act. Otherwise, when you read it, you feel no urgency, either. So I don't write unless I really feel I need to, and that's a luxury.

    "In Essays, Author Zadie Smith Reveals Her Process". Interview with Melissa Block, November 11, 2009.