Known and Strange Things (Teju Cole)

"I used to hate angels. But even to put it that way gives them too much credence. It would be more accurate to say I don’t believe in angels but I dislike the idea of angels, finding them silly, seeing none of the beauty, grace, or comfort that people seem to project on them. When I was more active in church life, I found angels actively embarrassing, as though comic book or fantasy novel characters had somehow lodged themselves into the center of the world’s most serious narrative. Fairy tales should have no role in theology."

"I used to hate angels. But even to put it that way gives them too much credence. It would be more accurate to say I don’t believe in angels but I dislike the idea of angels, finding them silly, seeing none of the beauty, grace, or comfort that people seem to project on them. When I was more active in church life, I found angels actively embarrassing, as though comic book or fantasy novel characters had somehow lodged themselves into the center of the world’s most serious narrative. Fairy tales should have no role in theology."

U.S.A. / 2016

Teju Cole's newest book and first collection of essays is coming out today! In Known and Strange Things, Cole writes about everything ranging from religion, literature and Instagram to nature, Boko Haram and Roman architecture. The book is a collection of over 50 essays written in Cole's signature, masterful prose and is filled with his often mind-blowing philosophical meditations. Cole is a truly gifted writer and thinker. His writing is so achingly beautiful. I think he operates on a different plane from us mere mortals. Buy this book! It is receiving rave reviews from every single outlet. Claudia Rankine (author of Citizen) wrote a stunning review for the New York Times.

Click here read my full review of Known and Strange Things.

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