Teju Cole: If you had to focus on just one living writer or musician, who would it be?

Writers and journalists respond to the question posed by the PEN/Hemingway Award-winning writer

Topics: Books, literature, teju cole, Writing, Music, Twitter,

Today, “Open City” writer Teju Cole posed a fun question (well, to the bookish and music-obsessed) on Twitter:

Lit nerds jumped in with their favorite writers and musicians:

As “The Devil in Silver” writer Victor LaValle points out, the exercise forces loyalty to an artist’s work, even when it’s struggling to be good:

(This is sort of the point!)

On Cole’s list:

Here are some other top picks from other journalists and writers:

The New York Times Book Review editor Parul Sehgal:

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The Atlantic senior editor Alexis Madrigal:

Time executive editor Radhika Jones:

New York Times Magazine columnist Rosie Schaap:

Novelist Kate Zambreno:

YA writer Kim Askew:

Cole noticed a few absences, though:

Who would be on your list?

Prachi Gupta
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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