- — Teju Cole (@tejucole)Sat, Nov 19 2011 02:39:31Yes, Nigerians struggle with floods or infant mortality. But these same Nigerians also deal with mundane and seemingly luxurious hassles.
- — Teju Cole (@tejucole)Sat, Nov 19 2011 03:33:35But of course it did, because people don’t wake up with “poor African” pasted on their foreheads. They live as citizens of the modern world.
- — Teju Cole (@tejucole)Sat, Nov 19 2011 03:37:09None of this is to deny the existence of social stratification and elite structures here. There are lifestyles of the rich and famous, sure.
- Madrigal then collected Cole's tweet stream up into a couple of paragraphs, and wrote an interesting piece around it:
- Cole's perspective as someone who has moved between the US and Nigeria (he now splits time between Brooklyn and Lagos) lets him demonstrate where people in both places connect. Even if that point of connection is not between the depths of their souls, but the phones in their hands.
- ...to which Cole then further responded:
- — Teju Cole (@tejucole)Mon, Nov 21 2011 09:26:31Alexis Madrigal (@alexismadrigal) at the Atlantic helpfully puts my "First World problems" rant into essay form: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/11/whats-wrong-with-firstworldproblems/248829/ …ic.com/technology/archive/2011/11/whats-wrong-with-firstworldproblems/248829/
- — Teju Cole (@tejucole)Mon, Nov 21 2011 09:46:29To think you alone have to deal with banality, that other people’s lives are high drama all the time, is the height of unexamined privilege.
- — Teju Cole (@tejucole)Mon, Nov 21 2011 10:05:50Pull my calloused finger. RT @mat_johnson Or as I like to tell my student writers of infinite antebellum gloom: Even slaves told fart jokes.