Wow, that’s great! I’ve known the blogger who currently goes by Teju Cole for three years now, including two meetings in the flesh, but this is the first I’ve heard about how he got into what has become the focus of his professional work. Thanks, Nathan.

I’m wondering whether it might not generally be the case, for guys at least, that the stuff we get into right around puberty will leave the deepest imprints on our subsequent intellectual/spiritual development? (In my case, it was 20th-century Spanish poetry and Bartók.)