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What Images Of Flowers Have To Do With International Politics (And, How To Recover Your Art When You're In Shock)

Teju Cole takes note of Taryn Simon's work, and makes marching orders for our time: "We don’t turn to history because it is demonstrably relevant, and we don’t look at art only because it is monumental or beautiful."

The Möbius Strip of Remembering and Forgetting: Teju Cole on How the Paradox of Photography Captures the Central Anxiety of Existence

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Photography is at the nerve center of our paradoxical memorial impulses: we need it there for how it helps us frame our losses, but we can also sense it crowding in on ongoing experience, imposing closure on what should still be open."

Teju Cole on knowns, unknowns and 'Known and Strange Things'

Teju Cole delights in following his curiosity to unexpected places. He is lively, funny and more of a rambler than his concise writing would suggest, prone to amusing tangents — about, for instance, his ability to detect whether someone prefers Rihanna or Beyonce. “I am cool on the page and animated...

No Phonies Here

“Salinger’s Holden Caulfield made a distinction between writers you would like to call on the phone and those you wouldn’t care to talk to at all. Teju Cole belongs to the former group.” Year in Reading alum Aleksandar Hemon interviews Teju Cole. If you can’t get enough of Cole, we interviewed him, too. The post No Phonies Here appeared first on The Millions.

Book Notes - Teju Cole "Known and Strange Things"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...

Untangle the Knot

Over at The New York Times, Citizen author Claudia Rankine reviews Teju Cole’s new essay collection. As she puts it, “Cole attempts to untangle the knot of who or what belongs to us and to whom or what do we belong as artists, thinkers and, finally, human beings.” Pair with this Millions interview with Cole. The post Untangle the Knot appeared first on The Millions.

Trump, a Fable

Teju Cole writes a fable on Donald Trump at The New Inquiry. You could pair it with our review of Trump: The Novel. The post Trump, a Fable appeared first on The Millions.

Claudia Rankine Notes the Influence of Poets on Teju Cole in His New Book of Essays

Claudia Rankine reviews Teju Coles’s new book of essays, Known and Strange Things (Random House), for the New York Times. “Cole shares [Harold] Bloom’s interest in the fraught and burdened relationship writers and artists have to our ancestors,” writes Rankine, “and he seeks to answer yet another question: How does the imagination cross and recross […]

Teju Cole’s Essays Build Connections Between African and Western Art

In Teju Cole’s essays in “Known and Strange Things,” imagination crosses and recrosses boundaries.

Glimpses of beauty

Born in Michigan, raised in Lagos and educated in London and New York, Teju Cole is about as cosmopolitan as… The post Glimpses of beauty appeared first on The Spectator.

What the Opposite of a Black Lives Matter Superhero Looks Like

4 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Jen Graves Roy DeCarava, Man and Girl at Crossing, 1978. Images courtesy Seattle Art Museum "As soon as the photograph of Ieshia Evans began to circulate online, people said she looked like a superhero," Teju Cole wrote in a beautiful...Show More Summary

Your Opinion of Steve McCurry Doesn’t Matter

On April 3, The New York Times Magazine photography critic Teju Cole penned a piece largely dismissing the work of renown photographer Steve McCurry. The piece caused a minor ruckus in photography circles with people (like myself) writing in his defense, while others castigated his imperialist eye and amplified whispers of staged scenes. Just when the [...]Show More Summary

A Jerusalem Pilgrim in New York

Storytelling and poetical language may be the best way to change US attitudes on Palestine, as a panel of contributors to the collection Extreme Rendition featuring Zia Jaffrey, Sinan Antoon and Teju Cole at New School last week got a welcome reception from packed crowd

Lunch with Teju Cole

A conversation about art, global culture, and post-colonialism

The Road to Progress

Over at Full Stop, Sean Minogue argues that social media can have a positive influence on a writer’s creative development. He mentions Twitter extraordinaire Teju Cole, who thinks his involvement in online discussions “comes from the non-American part of me which is saying that novelists in every other country, with the exception of the American […]

The Destruction of a Ruin

Recommended Reading: Teju Cole meditates on the destruction of the Baalshamin temple in Palmyra, Syria at The New Inquiry. “The destruction of a ruin is like the desecration of a body. It is a vengeance wreaked on the past in order to embitter the future.“

Big City Book Club’s Discussion of ‘Open City’

Readers can share observations of Teju Cole's novel, which has been praised for asking the big questions, at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Shorties (Literature-Inspired Ice Cream Recipes, The Best Folk Songs of 2015 So Far, and more)

Literature-inspired ice cream recipes. The Oregonian listed the best folk songs of 2015 so far. Stream new music from Pleasure Leftists. Read an excerpt from Jami Attenberg's novel Saint Maizie. Stream Teju Cole's playlist for the Okayafrica's Africa In Your...

Does ‘Charlie Hebdo’ Deserve PEN’s Freedom of Expression Courage Award? A Conversation

Earlier this week, six authors — Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, Peter Carey, and Taiye Selasi — announced their withdrawal as literary hosts of this year’s PEN America gala, over the group’s acknowledgment of Charlie Hebdo with its annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award. Responding to what Kushner referred to as the magazine’s “ … Read More

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