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Teju Cole Quotes

Perhaps this is what we mean by sanity: that, whatever our self-admitted eccentricities might be, we are not villains of our own stories.
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Het drong tot me door hoe vluchtig een gevoel van geluk kon zijn, en hoe kwetsbaar de basis daarvan was; van uit de regen een warm restaurant binnen lopen, de geur van voedsel en wijn, een boeiend gesprek, het buitenlicht dat zwakjes op de kersenhouten tafeltjes scheen. Er was maar weinig voor nodig om je humeur op een ander peil te brengen, als het schuiven met de stukken op een schaakbord. Dat besef alleen al, tijdens een moment van geluk, was alsof je een van de stukken verschoof en daardoor iets minder gelukkig werd.

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The completeness of a child is the most fragile and most powerful thing in the world. A child's confidence is the world's wonder.

— Teju Cole

Lyrical poetry is not a big part of most people's lives. Twitter now becomes an interesting way of getting cared for language into people's space. Because there is something deep inside of us that responds to cared for language, whether it's literary, poetry, or really good lyrics in a song.

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A mob is not, as is so often said, mindless. A mob is single-minded.

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Barack Obama is an elegant and literate man with a cosmopolitan sense of the world. He is widely read in philosophy, literature, and history - as befits a former law professor - and he has shown time and again a surprising interest in contemporary fiction.

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In a Transtromer poem, you inhabit space differently; a body becomes a thing, a mind floats, things have lives, and even non-things, even concepts, are alive.

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The content of Saul Leiter's photographs arrives on a sort of delay: it takes a moment after the first glance to know what the picture is about. You don't so much see the image as let it dissolve into your consciousness, like a tablet in a glass of water.

— Teju Cole

Probably the biggest temptation that young writers face is to be entertaining, to show your bag of tricks and do a bit of tap dancing. I read a lot of things, and I keep seeing this brocade of voice where someone is trying to be too pally with you or ingratiating on the page.

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Writing as writing. Writing as rioting. Writing as righting.
On the best days, all three.

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It is a work of psychogeography, albeit in a less explicit sense than Iain Sinclair's or Will Self's. It had to be fiction though, because I needed that freedom of including whatever belonged, and cutting out whatever didn't. The main fiction in it was matching Julius' generous and self-concealing character to New York's generous and self-concealing character. I think this also adds to my answer about New York's personality in the book.

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At the emergence of the modern novel with Rabelais and Cervantes, all kinds of things were possible in a long-form prose work. Within a couple of hundred years, most of those possibilities were abandoned in favor of a text that efficiently transmitted sentiments.

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The creative part of oneself finds its way out. In this case, I got interested particularly in the medium of Twitter and looked for ways to use it creatively.

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Note-taking is important to me: a week's worth of reading notes (or "thoughts I had in the shower" notes) is cumulatively more interesting than anything I might be able to come up with on a single given day.

— Teju Cole

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