The Awl interviews Teju Cole

One of my favourite online publishers – The Awl, interviews Teju Cole. Interesting interview.

Interviewer: So is it possible to be post-colonial without being entirely anti-colonial, in some sense?

Teju Cole: I would certainly say I’m anti-colonial. The core, fundamental impetus of colonialism—we’re better than these other people, and we’ll show them how it’s done—if that was all colonialism was, it would be problematic, but understandable. But no, it’s like, we’re going to come here and take their stuff, and then teach them a few things in the process. Colonialism was theft.

- Lunch With Teju Cole