KNOWN TO BE STRANGE

Geist - - Endnotes -

Known and Strange Things (Ran­dom House) is a col­lec­tion of Teju Cole’s es­says and other short pieces, many of which have pre­vi­ously ap­peared in The New Yorker and else­where on­line. You might have come across his piece “A Reader’s War” from 2013, which in­cluded Cole’s ver­sions of the open­ing lines of seven fa­mous nov­els, reimag­ined for an era of drone strikes: “Mrs. Dal­loway said she would buy the flow­ers her­self. Pity. A sig­na­ture strike lev­eled the florist’s”; “Call me Ish­mael. I was a young man of mil­i­tary age. I was im­mo­lated at my wed­ding. My par­ents are in­con­solable.”

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