The Nigerian-American novelist’s first novel (now published here after ‘Open City’) shows a writer finding his way but already fearless, nimble, and surprising.
Another man, sitting to my right, fills out forms for his children. He informs me that he recently had his passport reissued. I ask him how long it took. – Well, normally, it's four weeks. – Four weeks? I am traveling in less than three. Show More Summary
You’re probably up to your neck in World Cup coverage, but here are some gems well worth your attention no matter what: Teju Cole created a “Copa do Mundo do Brasil” playlist to set the mood; Pablo Torre’s one-sentence-long summation of Day One in São Paulo; an excerpt from Aleksandar Hemon’s The Matters of Life, […]
The Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest) ran 31 May through 5 June, but there's been relatively little coverage from or about it. In the Financial Times Teju Cole offers a diary of his experiences -- noting: How does one writeShow More Summary
Teju Cole's incredible documentation of Palestine continues: Defying Israeli orders, Abu Nader opens his almost empty shop on an abandoned street near a Hebron checkpoint daily."
Nigerian-American novelist Teju Cole is sending out poetic photographs from Palestine that capture the military occupation in all its awful quotidian omnipresence
RIP Yuri Kochiyama, a real American hero. http://t.co/oKbQHiGp9J And peace to the @BlueScholars for the song. http://t.co/jhIHeMz0DF — Teju Cole (@tejucole) June 2, 2014 Racialicious:As the East Bay Express reported in 2002, Yuri met...Show More Summary
The Nigerian-American writer who has earned mainstream accolades since the publication of his novel entered Palestine from Jordan and came into East Jerusalem this morning. And he is offering unblinking photographs of the occupation to his large following on Twitter.
Courtesy Teju Cole Three years after novelist Teju Cole penned the highly acclaimed “Open City” about a young man’s meditation on post-9/11 New York, he returns with “Every Day Is for the Thief,” a reflection in words and photographs on the city of Lagos. Show More Summary
You don’t become a war reporter because you love war. You report on war because it expands and complicates our idea of what war is. As a Nigerian-American who lives in the United States, I would like to complicate our sense of what Nigeria is, of what Lagos is, of what Africa is like.
Also: Aleksandar Hemon and Teju Cole in conversation; Mary Cheever has died; Ian McEwan's new book.
"Spring is coming. Please remember to spay or neuter your poets", a tweet from the brilliant Teju Cole – writer, art historian, photographer, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. I was one of 292 people who retweeted that punchy line and as Spring finally does seem to be here it entered my mind again [...]
NPR Books interviewed Lydia Davis about her new short story collection Can't And Won't. The Record remembered Kurt Cobain and examined his influence on modern music. Hazlitt shared an excerpt from Teju Cole's novel Every Day is for the Thief....
Teju Cole’s writing bears a resemblance to photography and art, but that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise — Cole is actually a photographer, as well as an art historian. That background plays heavily into his work. Cole’s craft as...Show More Summary
Teju Cole’s Every Day Is for the Thief is out this week, as is Karen Russell’s e-book novella Sleep Donation. Also out: The Brunist Day of Wrath by Robert Coover; Falling Out of Time by David Grossman; Bad Teeth by Dustin Long; The Land of Steady Habits by Ted Thompson; and The Space Between Us by Zoya Pirzad. Bonus Links: You […]
The following is drawn from “Every Day Is for the Thief,” a new novel by Teju Cole, which will be published this week. In December, the dry season, dust drowns the city. But one Friday morning in the third week of the month, it rains heavily for only the second time in the dry season. Show More Summary
Following the critical acclaim of Teju Cole’s debut novel, 2011’s Open City, his first book—originally only published in Africa—has received a release stateside. That Every Day Is For The Thief defies classification works to its credit and to its detriment. Show More Summary
'Every Day Is for the Thief' by Teju Cole ('Open City') is a wonderful meditation on modern life in Nigeria. Imagine a patient, observant and precise writer like the late W.G. Sebald reborn as a Nigerian exile, returning to and then wandering about that country's teeming and chaotic capital, Lagos. Show More Summary
Last week, we discussed how Teju Cole has mastered literary Twitter, and that was before we knew that he tweeted a 4,000-word essay on immigration. “A Piece of the Wall” is composed of 250 tweets written during a seven-hour period and starts with: “I hear the sound of faint bells in the distance. It is […]
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is among the winners of this year’s National Book Critics Circle Awards. (Read her story “The Headstrong Historian,” from 2008.) Teju Cole’s “A Piece of the Wall,” a four-thousand-word essay about immigration, was published entirely on Twitter. (Cole spoke to Buzzfeed about the use of social media as a platform for long-form journalism.)...read more