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Writers on Reading

How do writers read? Elisa Gabbert asked ten writers, including Teju Cole and Laura Van Der Berg (who wrote about her pet wolf Natasha for The Millions), about their reading habits for The Believer.

Books - Teju Cole - Open City

A reader will follow this dense meditation wherever it wanders

“The Boko Haram Of AIDS”

Teju Cole deftly sends up CNN’s characterization of Ebola as “the ISIS of biological agents”: Is Ebola the ISIS of biological agents? Is Ebola the Boko Haram of AIDS? Is Ebola the al-Shabaab of dengue fever? Some say Ebola is the Milosevic of West Nile virus. Others say Ebola is the Ku Klux Klan of […]

“Both Easy And Difficult To Look At”

Teju Cole also describes the work of artist Wangechi Mutu as “seductive in their patterning, grotesque in their themes”: [Mutu] calls herself “an irresponsible anthropologist and irrational scientist.” Charged with historical misuses of science, her images underscore the way female bodies can act as measuring devices of any society’s health. Her women respond to their […]

How To Contain An Epidemic

Teju Cole shares a heartening report about Nigeria’s successful public health response to the Ebola crisis: Meanwhile, Jon Cohen suggests that Ebola survivors could help stem the spread of the disease: As far back as 431 B.C., the Athenian historian Thucydides recognized that people who survived the plague made for excellent caregivers. As Thucydides wrote: […]

Shorties (Marin Amis and Ian McEwan in Conversation, Sheila E.'s New Memoir, and more)

The Telegraph interviewed authors Martin Amis and Ian McEwan. Sheila E. talked to All Things Considered about her new memoir The Beat of My Own Drum. Read an excerpt from the book. Foreign Policy interviewed author Teju Cole. Ryan Adams...

Epiphanies From Teju Cole

The Nigerian-American novelist discusses the pitfalls of hashtag activism, the destructiveness of U.S. foreign policy, and that time he dreamed about meeting Obama at a Brooklyn house party.

Epiphanies From Teju Cole

The Nigerian-American novelist discusses the pitfalls of hashtag activism, the destructiveness of U.S. foreign policy, and that time he dreamed about meeting Obama at a Brooklyn house party.

Revisiting Leukerbad

by Dish Staff Teju Cole experiences a sense of communion while rereading James Baldwin’s 1955 essay “Stranger in the Village” in the tiny Swiss hamlet in which it was written: I took a room at the Hotel Mercure Bristol the night I arrived. I opened the windows to a dark view, but I knew that […]

The Boundary-Pushing Novelist Who’s Made Twitter His New Medium

Keira Rathbone Teju Cole was stuck in traffic in Mumbai when an idea came to him. He had recently written a short story and he thought, why not share it in tweets? Cole is the author of two books of fiction, Open City and Every Day Is for the Thief. He's also a prolific voice […]

'Cloud Atlas' author unveils new short story on Twitter

He joins Jennifer Egan, Neil Gaiman, Teju Cole, and other high-profile novelists in experimenting off the page.

Incredible visual renditions of global World Cup viewing, from Teju Cole and others

From the artistic to the technical, both illustrate the power of social media during global events

Teju Cole’s Keen Eye Spares No One

5 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

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.

Teju Cole, Every Day is for the Thief

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

The World Cup of Tabs

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, […]

PalFest 2014

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 explains (and shows) that one side has been dispossessed in Israel and Palestine

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."

Teju Cole continues eye-opening tour of occupied Palestine

Nigerian-American novelist Teju Cole is sending out poetic photographs from Palestine that capture the military occupation in all its awful quotidian omnipresence

Civil Rights Icon Yuri Kochiyama Dies At 93

6 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

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

Teju Cole in Jerusalem

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.

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