Black Paper: Writing in a Dark Time


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University of Chicago Press
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5.75 X 8.66 X 1.02 inches | 1.01 pounds

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About the Author

Teju Cole is a novelist, photographer, critic, curator, and the author of seven books, which include Open City, Blind Spot, and Golden Apple of the Sun. He was the photography critic of the New York Times Magazine from 2015 until 2019. A 2018 Guggenheim Fellow, he is currently the Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing at Harvard.


"[Teju Cole is] an emissary for our best selves. He is sampling himself for our benefit, hoping for enlightenment, and seeking to provide pleasure to us through his art. May his realm expand."
-- "Norman Rush, New York Review of Books, on Known and Strange Things"
"The places he can go, you feel, are just about limitless."
-- "Dwight Garner, New York Times, on Every Day Is for the Thief"
"He takes in news from African countries and American cities; but also, by necessity and interest, Asian, European and Latin American culture and history. In short, the world belongs to Cole and is thornily and gloriously allied with his curiosity and his personhood."-- "Claudia Rankine, New York Times Book Review, on Known and Strange Things"
"The forms of resistance depend on the culture they resist, and in our era of generalizations and approximations and sloppiness, Teju Cole's precise and vivid observation and description is an antidote and a joy. This is a book written with a scalpel, a microscope, and walking shoes, full of telling details and sometimes big surprises."-- "Rebecca Solnit, on Known and Strange Things"

"Dense and provocative, the essays in Black Paper are a reminder that darkness cannot last forever, and even within it, there is meaning and hope."

-- "Foreword"
"In this erudite collection of observations written over the past three years, art historian Cole meditates on art, identity, politics, and literature to decipher 'the fractured moment in our history.' . . . Offering a window into his articulate worldview, Cole brings into sharp relief the very humanity he seeks."
-- "Publishers Weekly"