Teju Cole: "Twitter Is The Real Stream Of Consciousness"
In a recent lecture he gave at Teachers College, Columbia University, Cole shared his inspiration for the project with students. "I found myself drawn to the 'small' news,'" Cole says in his talk. "I began to read the metro sections of newspapers." His tweets do indeed read like short newspaper stories and headlines, and those who are unaware of what Cole's intentions are with his tweets could certainly be confused. As he explains in the talk, his posts may appear out of context because he does not explain any background detail about them. However, he says that the important part is that people read them and learn something new—even if they may be a bit perplexed by them. "The real agenda of these stories," he tells the audience, "is to open up to the reader an entire world of human experience of which a majority of people are just not aware."
Recently named as one of New York's 100 Most Important Living Writers by Flavorwire, Cole has a very unique narrative style that draws readers in. He is the author of Every Day is for the Thief, and Open City, and is currently working on a new non-fiction project. His knack for telling an alluring story extends off the page and into his stage presence. Whatever the medium, Cole exposes his audiences to exciting, new ways of telling stories.