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Known and Strange Things
Known and Strange Things: Essays | Teju Cole
Consists of various essays some previously published in various journals and periodicals on art, literature, and politics.
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dwhatson
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What a lovely discovery. Teju Cole's topics range from books and authors to photography and politics. Throughout the book, Cole demonstrates that he has the education, intellect and writing skills to convey his thoughts to the reader in an accessible and interesting style. Some readers may accuse Cole of name-dropping or disagree with what he says and I will not argue with them. However, for me, this book was both a conversation and an education.

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8leagueboot
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I‘ve been reading a few essays a week from this collection since August and it is full of exquisite insights. I can never get over the way that Cole speaks about art: in general, his own, or that of others.

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charl08
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Adverts in bookish magazines, create seeds of an imaginary nomadic life, seated near the back of book events.

arubabookwoman What is the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, and why is it in Denmark, rather than, for example, New Orleans? 1y
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8leagueboot
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An airplane feels like the most appropriate setting in which to read a Teju Cole collection.

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peacegypsy
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A book of essays always invites a change of pace, and this one comes highly recommend by other folks on Litsy.

8leagueboot I love Teju Cole‘s brain. 2y
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youneverarrived
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Great #readathon!! 😀❤️

📚 Finished two books
📚 Listened to about an hour of my audiobook
📚 Read more essays in tagged book
📚 Started and read most of One of Us Is Lying

UwannaPublishme Way to go! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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youneverarrived
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#firsttime reading anything by this author but wow he knows how to write an essay! The first section is essays on books and authors so obviously I‘m relating but they‘re written with such intelligence and emotion. I want to savour them but at the same time I don‘t want to stop reading. #aprella

emilyhaldi That's quite an endorsement! I don't usually like reading essays / short stories but you have me intrigued 😄 2y
Cinfhen Oooh, your blurb makes me want to give this book a try 😃 2y
Reviewsbylola This is an unknown author to me. 2y
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youneverarrived @emilyhaldi I don‘t generally I find them too hit and miss but every one of these so far is so good! 2y
Mdargusch This sounds good! 2y
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KimHM
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I needed something to read this evening that was stimulating but not overwhelming so I picked from my TBR these essays. I think I have chosen wisely. 📚❤️

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LubicaP
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I can see why Teju Cole received an award for the art of the essay. These are beautifully written and and the breadth of the subjects covered is impressive. I particularly enjoyed the essays on photography, which Cole looks at both from the technological and the political angle. An eye-opening book.

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Vanessa
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Hey, Fall -- where are you? I'm ready! Let's do this.

Lindy That's a lovely stitch pattern. 2y
Vanessa Thanks @Lindy -- you can't tell right now, but it's actually a leaf lace! 2y
Lindy @Vanessa I didn't see that. It's been many years since I made a baby dress in leaf lace pattern. 2y
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Vanessa
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Every time I come back to this book, I wonder what took me so long to return to it.

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Bookbeez
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Reading while the toddler runs around the library play room. Need to use anytime I have to keep reading for the #readathon #springcleaningreadathon

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Bookbeez
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Finally, some outdoor reading time. If only I can convince my family to leave me alone for a while, my afternoon will be filled with books. #springreading #apriltbr #thegreatoutdoors #essays

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Bookbeez
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Break time reading. Work gets in the way of so many good books. Sigh... Excited to start this, though. #essaylove #breaktimereads #apriltbr

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MandyJohnson
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Digging in this morning and loving it so far.

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theshrinkette
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Vanessa
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So I'll be returning to this one this morning, which I have liked so far (and, confession: three essays in and Cole already has me buying other books on his recommendation).

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ReadingEnvy
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#bookishresolution number one - read the books I get from my two subscription services 😚😚😚😚 (not pictured: the two #botm I actually read)

Shortstack What's your other service? 3y
ReadingEnvy @Shortstack I've been trying out the "Homeward Bound" paperback-first monthly subscription from Malaprops, an indie bookstore in Asheville, NC. It's small press, mostly fiction but sometimes essay. 3y
tpixie Good luck!! 3y
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Shortstack @ReadingEnvy How is it? 3y
ReadingEnvy @Shortstack well the books look good (top half of the stack) but I haven't read any get, 3y
ReadingEnvy *yet 3y
Cinfhen I 😍your candle💗 3y
kricheal Ooh... I'm starting All At Sea tomorrow as my "work" book. I hate carrying books with me everywhere...so I tend to keep books everywhere lol. Tomorrow is my first day back to work since before Christmas 3y
ReadingEnvy @kricheal Oof, rough to go back! I'll be interested in hearing what you think of that one. 3y
cariashley 🙋🏼 Same goal here! 3y
Reviewsbylola All at Sea and The Fall Guy are pretty quick reads. Swimming Lessons is fairly quick too. I LOVED The Fall Guy but I know I'm in the minority. I hope you enjoy it too! 3y
ReadingEnvy @Reviewsbylola Ah, good. I'm expecting to like Swimming Lessons because I liked her first novel. maybe I can read one before my January one gets here? 3y
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ReadingEnvy
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This is real life, clutter and all. And the two books I'm starting the year with. How are you today? (Mug and tea from secret Santa @wen4blu)

christineandbooks But so much of the clutter is books, so that's totally okay! 3y
LauraBytheBook Strand mug ❤️ 3y
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thelityard
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To savour delectable literature, chew slowly. Happy holidays! #reading #nonfiction #tejucole #knownandstrangethings

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AlexGeorge
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Desert reading list #3. Because, you know, Teju Cole.

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kiminreverse
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Truth.

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kiminreverse
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"Throughout the culture, there are imitations of the gait, bearing, and dress of the black body, a vampiric "everything but the burden" co-option of black life."

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Equinox
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Pickpick

Absolutely love this book. One of my top five .of 2016.

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theshrinkette
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We went camping into the desert, and it turns out I'm a big fan. Nothing like reading out in the open against a glorious sunset or in the light of millions and millions of stars. It was such a spectacular day. #addtoTBR

8little_paws Ahhh this is so freaking cool I had to tell you that on multiple social media platforms 😂 3y
Suet624 I can imagine it was beautiful! 3y
Cinfhen Sounds awesome 😊 3y
Kimzey I love this photo! 🏜 3y
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shawnmooney
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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/11/magazine/a-time-for-refusal.html?smprod=nytcor...

One of the most powerful responses to the election result I've encountered so far.

Seshat I actually read this play in a college class 20 years ago. Great article, too. 3y
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half_book_and_co
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Putting together a pile for #nonfictionnovember...

WOCreads Great tbr! Haven't been able to decide on mine, I want to read too many🙈 I hv Safe House and Policing the Planet on my normal tbr, maybe I'll get to one of them. Also the trauma book looks great, haven't managed to go beyond Caruth much on that front. Happy reading!😊 3y
half_book_and_co @Ifyoucanreadthis_Bina I am in the middle of Policing the Planet, so really want to finish it finally. Quite excited about Safe House aswell! 3y
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Boomerv
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"To be a stranger is to be looked at. To be black is to be looked at especially."

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Jdscott50
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Cole's latest work is a collection of previously published essays focusing on books, movies, photography, personal experiences on race, war, and colonialism. The stories are interconnected only in that they are mostly reviews. A good review, however, can reveal the thoughts of the reviewer more than the author's work. We can see through Teju Cole's lens through his reviews. Overall an excellent collection of his work.

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Jdscott50
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“Marginalized voices in America have fewer and fewer avenues to speak plainly about what they suffer; the effect of this enforced civility is that those voices are falsified or blocked entirely from the discourse.”

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Jdscott50
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#fridayreads "...“add up to a picture of a man for whom an imaginative engagement with literature is inseparable from life.”

(Cole describing President Barack Obama comparing him to Jefferson and Lincoln as "readers in chief".)
— 2 minutes ago

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RebeccaH
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My new post on essay collections from 2016 is up at Book Riot. http://bookriot.com/2016/09/20/25-great-essay-collections-from-2016/

Sue Great list thank you! So glad to see Helen Garner on it :) 🇦🇺 3y
RebeccaH Helen Garner is great! @sue 3y
Redheadrambles Think I might need to source the Helen Garner for the essay task on the Read Harder challenge ... 3y
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RebeccaH It would be perfect @Redheadrambles 3y
megt Great list! A few of these were already on my radar, but there are quite a few here I haven't heard of before. Looking forward to checking these out. 3y
RebeccaH Excellent. Glad to hear it @megt 3y
BookishClaire I'm looking forward to Chloe Caldwell's collection. 3y
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Jdscott50
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“Photography is a fast art now, except for those who are too old-fashioned to shoot digital...for most of the art‘s history... photographers had no choice but to be slow. Film had to be loaded into a camera, the shot had to be taken with some awareness of the cost of materials, the negative had to be developed, and the print had to be enlarged. A certain meticulousness was necessary for photographs, a certain irreducible calmness of temperament.”

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megt
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Read this line last night and I've been thinking about it all day. It never hurts to be reminded to step back and get perspective.

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robotnic
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Lovely new read. I love Teju Cole's clarity of expression & little (often self-deprecating) asides. Even the prologue has rhythm & tension & pacing in abundance. I think I'm really going to enjoy this.

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robotnic

Lovely new read. I love Teju Cole's clarity of expression & little (often self-deprecating) asides. Even the prologue has rhythm & tension & pacing in abundance. I think I'm really going to enjoy this.

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Jessicav
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Taking my lunch break on the side of the highway today... As you do. And starting this collection of essays. I have such high hopes.

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Jersingsandreads
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This is the best way to start the morning. I am in awe of this writing. Not only am I inspired by all that I read in this collection, but I am inspired to pick up the different works of literature and poetry that is discussed in this book. Bravo Mr. Cole!!! :)

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Arbol
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Just finished his first essay, The Black Body, and there are so many truth bombs and mic drops nearly the whole chapter is highlighted yellow.

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Arbol

Just finished his first essay, The Black Body, and there are so many truth bombs and mic drops nearly the whole chapter is highlighted yellow.

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Arbol
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#somethingforsept #septemberphotochallenge #readandeat @RealLifeReading does anybody else look at salad like an equation? Some days I think I'm doing it right but when I dump it in the bowl it all comes out carrots. Or I've somehow created a crouton salad with a little bit of kale. Today I'm irritated because my kale to everything else ratio is off. Don't even get me started on dressing. Dressing stew is the worst.

StephBengtson Salads are always better when somebody else makes it. It's just a fact of life. 😆 3y
Soubhiville Salad is the best! I don't mind if it is all carrots 😊 3y
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ReadingEnvy
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How do you support your local independent bookseller? One of my local stores has started offering a subscription service and I got my first book today. So thrilled. Since they are an hour away, I was happy to get it in the mail! http://www.malaprops.com/malaprops-homeward-bound-paperback-originals

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Jersingsandreads
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Holy cats, this man can write. (Sorry for stealing your catchphrase @Liberty but it's the best I can come up with because my mind is blown)

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Bookquilter
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Been hanging back lately.... I haven't been excited about what I am reading. I picked this up from library last night, read 5 pages on the way home, and I am excited ... 😀

she_barks Is this one fiction or essays? 3y
RebeccaH Great book! 3y
Bookquilter Essays 3y
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johannaevida
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Hello beautiful.

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colindickey
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Writing, reading.

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ultrabookgeek
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I was able to attend the book launch for Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole with a discussion lead by Amitava Kumar. Both are professors and so were eager to discuss how we write,why we write as we do and what we chose as our subjects. I have never read anything by Cole, but excited to read writings by an artist (he is a self taught photographer!)

BookishFeminist Oh so jealous! Teju Cole is wonderful. Can't wait to read his essays. 3y
BookishFeminist This one has some of his excellent photography in it- it's great! Interesting look at US vs Nigerian culture. 3y
SusanInTiburon What a cool event. I love live-audience interviews; the audience response can really feed the conversation. 3y
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ultrabookgeek

Is anyone else in NYC area going to the Brooklyn Voices event? Comment if you are and want to meet up! I will post about the event tomorrow night (a talk with another author and book signing).