@tejucole’s Rule of Sevens

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:

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:

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