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Teju Cole Included on The Verge 50, a List of “People Who Changed Our Lives” in 2013

Open CityNigerian-American author Teju Cole has been included on The Verge 50, a list naming “the people who changed our lives” in 2013. The Verge compiled the list, showcasing exceptional individuals in categories such as “the dreamers, the informers, the noisemakers, the entertainers, the world changers, the old guard, and (yes) the next wave”. Cole’s presence on the list was picked up on by Brittle Paper.

Cole, mentioned in the category “the informers” and listed at number 43, is praised for his Twitter project “Small Fates”, tweets about drones, Instagram criticism, and of course his acclaimed novel Open City.

Cole is joined on The Verge 50 by an eclectic bunch, including: Facebook chief operating officer and author of Lean in, Sheryl Sandberg; Kenyan executive director of Ushahidi, Juliana Rotich; founder and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos; whistle-blower Edward Snowden, punk band Pussy Riot, actor Benedict Cumberbatch and singer Kanye West.

Teju Cole, the (ready for it?) art historian, professor, novelist, essayist, editor, photographer, expert mix-maker, and creator of sublime Twitter fictions counts both Himanshu Suri of Das Racist and James Wood as fans. The Nigerian–American’s most acclaimed of Twitter projects, “Small Fates,” restyled news reports in the style of French journalist Félix Fénéon; when he isn’t doing that, the author tweets about drones and writes timely pieces of Instagram criticism. Cole broke into the mainstream with 2011’s award-winning and intensely referential Open City, the first pages of which he’s annotated on Rapgenius.com.

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