Teju Cole, author of Open City, is known for the 140 character fiction he writes on Twitter – particularly his “Small Fates” series. Earlier this week, he took to Twitter once again to draw attention to the drone war that America is carrying out in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan, by rewriting the first lines of classic novels to include drones. Josh Begley collected the tweets on Storify (see below) and the GalleyCat wrote about the project.
Cole included lines from Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Ulysses by James Joyce, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, The Trial by Franz Kafka and The Stranger by Albert Camus. He ended the series off with a link to ProPublica’s article on drone strikes.
Novelist Teju Cole published “Seven short stories about drones” on Twitter, mixing in violent unmanned aerial vehicle imagery with classic first lines from literature.
Web artist Josh Begley collected the short stories in a Storify post (embedded below).
- Open City by Teju Cole
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