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    Teju Cole.
    Summary: "With this collection of more than fifty pieces on politics, photography, travel, history, and literature, Teju Cole solidifies his place as one of today's most powerful and original voices. On page after page, deploying prose dense with beauty and ideas, he finds fresh and potent ways to interpret art, people, and historical moments, taking in subjects from Virginia Woolf, Shakespeare, and W.G. Sebald to Instagram, Barack Obama, and Boko Haram. Cole brings us new considerations of James Baldwin in the age of Black Lives Matter; the African American photographer Roy DeCarava, who, forced to shoot with film calibrated exclusively for white skin tones, found his way to a startling and true depiction of black subjects; and (in an essay that inspired both praise and pushback when it first appeared) the White Savior Industrial Complex, the system by which African nations are sentimentally aided by an America "developed on pillage." Persuasive and provocative, erudite yet accessible, Known and Strange Things is an opportunity to live within Teju Cole's wide-ranging enthusiasms, curiosities, and passions, and a chance to see the world in surprising and affecting new frames."--Publisher's description.

    Contents:
    Preface.
    Section I. Reading things: Black body
    Natives on the boat
    Housing Mr. Biswas
    Tomas Tranströmer
    Poetry of the disregarded
    Always returning
    A better quality of agony
    Derek Walcott
    Aciman's alibis
    Double negative
    In place of thought
    A conversation with Aleksandar Hemon.
    Section II. Seeing things: Unnamed lake
    Wangechi Mutu
    Age, actually
    An African Caesar
    Peter Sculthorpe
    Red shift
    John Berger
    Portrait of a lady
    Object lesson
    Saul Leiter
    A true picture of black skin
    Gueorgui Pinkhassov
    Perfect and unrehearsed
    Disappearing Shanghai
    Touching strangers
    Finders keepers
    Google's macchia
    The atlas of affect
    Memories of things unseen
    Death in the browser tab
    The unquiet sky
    Against neutrality.
    Section III. Being there: Far away from here
    Home strange home
    The reprint
    A reader's war
    Madmen and specialists
    What it is
    Kofi Awoonor
    Captivity
    In Alabama
    Bad laws
    Brazilian earth
    Angels in winter
    Shadows in São Paulo
    Two weeks
    The island
    Reconciliation
    Break it down
    The white savior industrial complex
    "Perplexed ... perplexed"
    A piece of the wall.
    Section IV. Epilogue: Blind spot.
    Acknowledgments.
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    PR9387.9.C67 A6 2016
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