PEN/Hemingway-winning novelist and photographer and art historian Teju Cole participates in Twitter mostly through his “small fates,” small slices of life (and death), dead-pan reports of the criminal and macabre, usually from his native Nigeria. For example:
Everybody’s a critic. The bombing suspect Osuvwo, failing to appreciate the interrogation techniques in Abuja, collapsed and died.
— Teju Cole (@tejucole) March 5, 2012
There is a politics to these expressions, but it is implicit. The conventions of the self-created genre and the limitations of the Twitter medium mean there’s no room for explicit point-making. When he wants to make a point unmistakably, well, he’s done it twice so it’s a trend: he uses seven tweets in sequence. Today he said:
He previously said: