Zadie Smith's Response To Being Asked If She Was Worried About 'Falling Behind' Post Having Kids Will Only Make You Love Her More

But you might feel some anger for the accuser...

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Between this week's screening of NW on the BBC, her T Magazine cover with Michelle Obama, and the release of her new novel Swing Time – Zadie Smith is basically everything to the world right now.

And just when we thought she couldn't get any better, she goes and does something that makes us love her all that bit more.

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In an interview with Slate magazine out this week – the author was asked if becoming a mother (she has two kids; Kit and Harvey) has had an impact on her writing.

Zadie said that having her kids was actually 'super useful', continuing; 'When I think of writers, I really love someone like Ursula Le Guin, who had three kids and lived an entirely domestic life. I feel her children in those books, I feel that the weight of it, her experience of being a girl, a woman, a mother, an old woman, it's almost overwhelming when you read her.'

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But then went on to share this short story of what happened when a male writer asked if she was worried about 'falling behind' in her career after having kids.

Prepare to get angry.

'I remember when I was pregnant with my first child: I was at a book festival and a writer of my own age, who will remain nameless, sat opposite me and said, 'God you're having a kid huh?' It was a man. He said, 'I guess you're going to lose a lot of time and you must be worried about falling behind.' I was about seven months pregnant, and I just had a sudden inspiration. I said, 'Yeah I guess so' and then, 'You must be worried about just a complete lack of human experience that you're now going to be 40 and then 50.' His face went so pale. It was a wonderful way to frighten him back.'

Hear Hear, Zadie!

And let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks they should comment on any woman's life choices.

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