Mohsin Hamid On Art

Mohsin Hamid   (July 23, 1971 –) Art is bigger than notions of black or white, male or female, American or non. Human beings don’t necessarily exist inside of (or correspond to) the neat racial, gendered or national boxes into which we often unthinkingly place them. It’s a mistake to ask literature to reinforce such …

Mohsin Hamid On The Great American Novel

Mohsin Hamid   (July 23, 1971 –) Bear with me as I advocate the death of the Great American Novel...The problem is in the phrase itself. “Great” and “Novel” are fine enough. But “the” is needlessly exclusionary, and “American” is unfortunately parochial. The whole, capitalized, seems to speak to a deep and abiding insecurity, perhaps a …