On his book tour, the tables have been turning on John Freeman: A parade of luminous authors are interviewing him. He's already sat down for public conversations with Teju Cole, Geoff Dyer, Aeksander Hemon, and Marilynne Robonson, and on Tuesday night, it'll be Mark Z. Danielewski. That's at Skylight Books in Los Feliz at 7:30 p.m.
LITERALLY. Swear you'd rather die than use "literally" as an intensifier.— Teju Cole (@tejucole) August 27, 2013 “There are too many standard formulations in our language,” writes Teju Cole. “They stand in place of thought, but we proclaim them each time—due to laziness, prejudice, or hypocrisy—as though they were fresh insight”: Flaubert’s “Dictionary [of Received […]
Last week, as the U.S. signaled it may launch limited strikes against Syria as punishment for allegedly using chemical weapons, I posted an explainer titled “9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask.” On Sunday, novelist Teju Cole, … Continue reading ?
Last week, as the U.S. signaled it may launch limited strikes against Syria as punishment for allegedly using chemical weapons, I posted an explainer titled “9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask.” Read full articl...
by Jia Tolentino Teju Cole's homage to Flaubert's "Dictionary of Received Ideas" started germinating on Twitter and is up at the New Yorker now. A few excerpts: AMERICAN. With the prefix “all,” a blonde. EMIGRÉ. Jewish immigrant. MAGISTERIAL. Show More Summary
I've been threatening to write a new "Dictionary of Received Ideas" for years — as clicking on the "Dictionary of Received Ideas" tag will prove — so a reader sent me the link to this new New Yorker piece, by Teju Cole, which is exactly...Show More Summary
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Following the example of Flaubert, whose Dictionary of Received Ideas compiled the clichés of its day, Teju Cole set out on Monday to record his own clichés on Twitter. At Page-Turner, he sums up his experiment in a blog post. (You may...Show More Summary
1. Teju Cole’s Letter from Lagos: Madmen and Specialists 2. How Advertisers Convinced Americans They Smelled Bad 3. Challenging neoliberal population control 4. “As it turns out, high-functioning sociopaths are full of handy lifestyle tips.” You really shouldn’t take it too seriously 5. “The National Security Agency has an intelligence problem: It won’t […]
But seriously tho, this made my whole morning: "I support feminism but I think some women take it too far" is an answer you don't need to give to a question no one asked you. — Teju Cole (@tejucole) August 5, 2013 Real. Talk. Everyd...
"Hope this one will be a good coup" is a pretty accurate summary of my childhood in Nigeria. Over and over again. It never was. — Teju Cole (@tejucole) July 3, 2013 This twet was a response to Salon’s Alex Seitz-Wald going #slatepitchy: For many in the West, the apparent coup d’etat in Egypt today [Read more...]
"Google tried to do everything. It proved itself the deepest and fastest of the search engines. It stomped the competition in email. It made a decent showing in image hosting, and a good one in chat. It stumbled on social, but utterly owned maps.
Amitava Kumar reviews Open City author Teju Cole’s photography exhibit. You can check out Cole’s Flickr page over here. Related posts: Is there anything Teju Cole can’t do? Teju Cole, author of Open City (which John Knight reviewed... Teju...Show More Summary
The fascinating Teju Cole talks to Mother Jones about drones, Twitter activism, and identity: TC: Killing a bunch of people in Sudan and Yemen and Pakistan, it's like, "Who cares—we don't know them." But the current discussion is framed...Show More Summary
Inspired by Teju Cole, who has begun writing microfictions that make famous literary characters the target of drone strikes, and Bones‘ recent episode in which a terrorist hacked a drone and aimed it at an Afghan girls’ school, I’ve been thinking a great deal recently about the depictions of remote killing devices in our culture, [...]
"Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. Pity. A signature strike leveled the florist's." Thus begins a series of tweets from the writer Teju Cole, each one a famous novel's opening line rudely interrupted by drones. HeShow More Summary
In the most recent issue of The New Yorker, photographer and writer Teju Cole describes President Barack Obama as "an elegant and literate man with a cosmopolitan sense of the world" who is "in the line of Jefferson and Lincoln." HeShow More Summary
I always spending time in the novelist Teju Cole’s head, and I was struck by his most recent piece in the New Yorker, a meditation on how President Obama, whose billing of himself as a serious reader has been a way of selling him as a serious, empathetic man, has also become an active user [...]
Katherine — What precisely has given Teju Cole the idea that Obama is a man “for whom an imaginative engagement with literature is inseparable from life.” With the exception of Obama’s having written two books about himself before he’d actually done anything and some astonishingly fatuous criticism of T. Show More Summary