Finished reading Zadie Smith's On Beauty the other day. What Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty did for class in Britain in the 80s, On Beauty does for race in contemporary America. Like a flare briefly illuminating a whole landscape at once. Probably the people who are most going to enjoy On Beauty - humanities grad students - won't have time to read it for pleasure. It's none the less well-told, well-written and well-observed.