This weekend's The New York Times Book Review-Q & A features Teju Cole: By the Book. Among the questions he's asked is: "What books are you embarrassed not to have read yet ?" to which he responds: I have not read most of the big 19th-century...Show More Summary
photo of Teju Cole by Wayne Taylor From a Q&A in the New York Times with Teju Cole: What books are you embarrassed not to have read yet? I have not read most of the big 19th-century novels that people consider “essential,” nor most of the 20th-century ones for that matter. Show More Summary
Also: The longlist is announced for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction; Anna Holmes on Scout Finch and Harriet the Spy; Teju Cole on reading.
Also: Kobo has a new CEO; Teju Cole is writing a nonfiction book; Natasha Trethewey on W.H. Auden.
As Teju Cole demonstrated with his real-time ghazals (one, two, and three) this past week, Twitter is a medium ripe for linguistic experimentation. And far from being the exclusive domain of human beings, the social network can also produce “found poetry” at the behest of computer programs – a practice I recently wrote about for […]
Full Stop interviewed author Ben Marcus. Neil Halstead talked to The Quietus about the Slowdive reunion. Teju Cole talks to Tell Me More about writing a short story via Twitter. SF Weekly profiles The MagikMagik Orchestra and its founder Minna...
Teju Cole, author of “Open City” and the forthcoming novel “Every Day is For the Thief,” is a master of the Twitter essay. In one series, he posted the first line of several novels as interrupted by a drone strike, in another he transformed police blotter items from Nigerian newspapers into...
The acclaimed writer invents a whole new narrative technique.
We already knew that Teju Cole was an unconventional tweeter—full of thoughtful observations and nary a link—and, as a result, an essential person to follow. (Plus, his 2011 novel Open City was my favorite of that year.) Now, it seems,...Show More Summary
We asked some of our contributors for their favorite books they read this year. (Most listed new books, but a few picked older favorites.) The first installment was published last week. Teju Cole: The most startling book I read this year was Sonali Deraniyagala’s “Wave,” a personal account of the 2004 tsunami and its aftermath. Show More Summary
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 […]