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THEY CANT KILL US UNTIL THEY K
THEY CANT KILL US UNTIL THEY K | Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters. Whether he's attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown's grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly. In the wake of the nightclub attacks in Paris, he recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at shows, and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will not be afforded that opportunity now. While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of black Americans, Willis-Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers: for attempting to enter his own car. In essays that have been published by the New York Times, MTV, and Pitchfork, among others--along with original, previously unreleased essays--Willis-Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, so that we might better understand ourselves, and in so doing proves himself a bellwether for our times.
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Cinfhen
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So on BlackFriday I ordered lots of books 🙈I had these sent to my friend who‘s coming to visit over Christmas/Chanukah. But she thought I‘d want them right away, so she mailed them to me😊such a great surprise although I can‘t tell her that I‘m saving them all for 2020 challenges😂Happy #BookMailSurprise

Centique And the lovely flowers! 😍 1mo
Reviewsbylola What a nice friend! 1mo
Cinfhen So nice of her @Reviewsbylola and thanks for noticing my flowers @Centique they are almost 3 weeks old!! Although yesterday they started looking more sad than happy 😞 (edited) 1mo
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I‘ve been curious about this one since I missed seeing the author at a book festival in 2018. Essays that blend culture and #music intrigue me, and I like the title and cover. #movember

Cinfhen Great mug and im also intrigued by this book! It doesn‘t seem to be available in my library system😖 3mo
Cinfhen I bought the book today \ using it for #Booked2020 #AnimalOnCover 🐺 3mo
Mdargusch 🦊🦊🦊 3mo
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Bertha_Mason

"I do not know what it is that makes a person real, but I imagine it is in the way they can convince you of the things they have not done."
-"Johnny Cash Never Shot a Man in Reno. Or, The Migos: Nice Kids From the Suburbs"

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Bertha_Mason

"What good is endless hope in a country that never runs out of ways to drain you of it?"
-"Searching For a New Kind of Optimism"

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Bertha_Mason

"All things do not pass. Sometimes, that which does not kill you sits heavy over you until all of the things that did not kill you turn into a single counterforce that might."
-"Brief Notes on Staying//No One Is Making Their Best Work When They Want to Die"

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Bertha_Mason

"It‘s in the spirit of male loneliness to imagine that someone has to suffer for it."
-"The Return of the Loneliest Boys in Town"

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#7days7covers

Day One

I was tagged by quite a few people so thanks to you all!
Join in if you want, I know basically everybody is doing it now so! 🤷🏽‍♀️

Karkar I love this cover 😍📚😍 4mo
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kgriffith
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“It walks a line between punishment and survival, like so many tools of escape do.”

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Pickpick

Absolutely loved this book of essays about music and identity and also life. The emo ones especially struck a chord with me, but so many excellent points here. Highly recommend.

BethM Hi new swap friend! (edited) 5mo
AlizaApp Hi @BethM so excited! 🎉 5mo
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AlizaApp
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No YOU‘re crying over a Fall Out Boy essay on a plane

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notreallyelaine
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I cried at the CRJ chapter on love and shame and Hanif‘s voice is in my head.

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andioop
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Abdurraqib is so brilliant. There is so much feeling here, there is so much narrative in the music that I have loved all my life without knowing. So much love beyond that, too.
Not sure if it is a coincidence I have plans to see four different live shows in the next few months. 🤙🏼

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Many years ago, Two Dollar Radio offered books for life to the first 20 people who got their logo tattooed in a visible place. So of course I did it! (Imagine if every publisher did this??! I would be covered head to toe in tattoos.😝) And here we are, seven years later! I count several of these titles among my favorite books. A WORD FOR WOMAN IS WILDERNESS will be out March 19. I love Two Dollar Radio!!!TATTOO CLUB FOR LIFE. Er, literally. 😝🖤📚

ReadingRover That is amazing!!! 11mo
charl08 How many books? 11mo
juliegumdrop Can we see the tattoo?? 11mo
Akire1 i want to see the tattoo! 11mo
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khooliha
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I have listened to exactly 1 of the albums discussed here and it doesn't matter, it's still incredible.

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This man is so. Damn. Talented. It‘d be depressing if it weren‘t so exhilarating.

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khooliha

I gotta stop trying to read this book before bed because almost ever piece makes me cry.

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khooliha

"I'd rather have average art and survival than miracles that come at the cost of someone's life."

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khooliha
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In an effort to make picking books more manageable, I am shearing down my tbr to three at a time. These are the next on deck!

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StephBengtson
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After a couple of short naps on the couch, I‘m ready to go this morning with my vegan veggie frittata and a pick from #mounttbr #24in48 #readathon

Bookish.SAM I loved this book so much. 12mo
StephBengtson @Bookish.SAM it‘s SO good. I wish I hadn‘t waited so long to read it. I‘m feeling waves of nostalgia with all of the emo bands he writes about. 12mo
Bookish.SAM And how he thinks and writes so deeply about that music... takes me back to my teen days when I was all angsts and would engage that closely with music. With jobs, bills, mortgages... I don‘t do that anymore. 12mo
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Liberty
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I feel like essay collections don‘t get enough love. They‘re like short stories but TRUE. To celebrate my love of essays, I compiled a list of 50 great ones that have come out recently-ish! https://bookriot.com/2018/07/19/must-read-contemporary-essay-collections/

MyBookLife I will surely look into that list!! Thanks! 2y
Weaponxgirl I love essay collections! Will have a perusal 2y
riversong153 This will be my undoing was everything for me this year! 2y
Itchyfeetreader I never tried essay collections until last year as a category in a reading challenge. Now I am hooked! 2y
Ajita1 Thank You! Looks like a really insightful list. 2y
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nikirtehsuxlol
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Chuck Klosterman + TaNehisi Coates

Notafraidofwords Omg I read this and never thought of it like that. Yes! So true ! 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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Bailedbailed

Ok, I‘m calling it. These essays are well-written and thoughtful, but I‘m not connecting to them. They largely revolve around current music, which I really don‘t listen to, and speak a bit about social justice and racism. If that equation was switched, I think I‘d love it.

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nikirtehsuxlol
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In 2005, Pete [Wentz] downed a bottle of pills in a Best Buy parking lot while listening to Jeff Buckley, who drowned in the Wolf River Harbor at age 30 and who was the son of Tim Buckley, who overdosed on heroin at age 28. And so what I‘m saying is that our heroes spill from their heroes and their heroes before them, and at some point, everyone wants out.

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Mehso-so

For the record, the title of this book was not all caps on the cover. Essays on pop culture, music, and events in the world (circa 2016). Some were great but many of the essays did not resonate with me.

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Sugar, We‘re Goin‘ Down

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StephBengtson
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Hi Littens! It‘s been awhile! I‘ve been extremely busy with work, so I‘ve had very little time to post. Anyway, I only had time to visit my favorite Minneapolis indie bookstore yesterday, but it was so great. It‘s been so great watching Moon Palace Books grown from a small little bookstore, to a lovely and resourceful community space. It was so great to see a packed store with people engaged in a poetry reading from their neighbors. 💓

vivastory Nice! I'll definitely be adding this store to my list next time I'm in Minneapolis 2y
StephBengtson @vivastory it really is a great store and they just added a cafe inside of it. Definitely check it out! 2y
vivastory What part of Minneapolis is it? 2y
StephBengtson South. It‘s on minnehaha and lake street. 2y
vivastory Not too far away from Magers & Quinn. I'm hoping to go for a few days in July or August 2y
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nikirtehsuxlol
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Carly Rae Jepsen Loves You Back

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Bookish.SAM
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1) Probably the #bestcover Ever!!
(honestly, i totally I picked this up for the cover in the first place)

2) Soooo Soooo good!! I‘m sitting here not entirely sure how I feel upon finishing it, other than I feel.

3) This, and a few other great reads lately, inspired me to book journal. Not to track 📚, but to capture how they made me feel. I‘ve learned a lot about myself from my last few reads.

#inspired

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cobwebmoth
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You knew there would be a #BookHaul post, right?😉 The books on the bottom are the ones I bought and had signed by the authors today at #OhioanaBookFestival. The books on the top were bargains from The Book Loft.

britt_brooke Nice!! 2y
GatheringBooks people of the book is really entertaining. :) 2y
tammysue Fantastic book haul!!😁 2y
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Reviewsbylola I‘m wishing I had gotten They Can‘t Kill Is Until They Kill Us. We never saw the author though. He must have shown up after we left! 2y
cobwebmoth @Reviewsbylola I didn't catch him at his table until the middle of the afternoon. He was really nice, though. 2y
kspenmoll What fun! Glad you enjoyed yourself! 2y
Richryan52 Thanks for the like. Are you a Holmes fan? 2y
cobwebmoth @Richryan52 Yes, I am. And I definitely do want to try your books.☺ 2y
Richryan52 That would be great! 2y
cherinium @cobwebmoth While recently sorting through my books, I came across a copy of People of the Book. I have to memory of how I came to own it and honestly know nothing about it. Seeing that you just picked it up makes me think I may read it sooner rather than later. 2y
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Two Dollar Radio is fast becoming one of my favorite publishers. This tome of Hanif Abdurraqib‘s essays is a beauty. Well written, poetic, interesting and enlightening. This is definitely a must-read.

twodollarradio Thank you! 11mo
DennisJacobRosenfeld @twodollarradio You‘re quite welcome. 11mo
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Naomibg
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sitting in the last bookstore in la and I am incredibly moved by this essay on love at a carly rae jepsen show :‘)

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“And, of course, we say the world doesn‘t care about your problems. We say that and we know that our problems aren‘t only our problems, and that there are people who need to know that their problems aren‘t only their problems.”

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houstcj
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Today I'm reading They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us while the music that author Hanif Abdurraqib discusses in each essay plays in the background. I highly recommend reading the book this way.

nsol great idea! thank you! 2y
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new wallpaper...

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sakeriver
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Whew.

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sakeriver
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‪The 9yo saw this on the counter this morning, and his eyes widened when he read the title. “Daddy, what are you reading!?” he said. “Who is getting killed!? Why is there a wolf thing!? THIS DOESN‘T EVEN MAKE SENSE.”‬

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#LibraryHaul

🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

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Kelly
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Now reading the book I waited a long time on the holds list for 😊

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I‘m not a big music buff, but I still couldn‘t put this book down. The essays weave the personal, political, & musical in an epic way. Like, going to a Springsteen concert conjures thoughts on Michael Brown. It‘s just SO well done.

I‘d recommend it to anyone, but esp music lovers. It‘s music & culture writing like I‘ve never seen before. That‘s why it‘s #3 on my #top10 of 2017.

Full list: https://www.offthebeatenshelf.com/blog/best-of-2017

Christine I was thrilled to receive this in my 🎄 swap package - now I‘m even more eager to start it! 2y
OffTheBeatenShelf.com @Christine kudos to whoever sent it! You‘re going to love it 😍 2y
Christine Haha yay! It was @Drebae29 , the loveliest and most TBR-aware of secret Santas! ❤️ 2y
Drebae29 @Christine awww I hope you 😍 2y
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Notafraidofwords
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A book of moving, insightful essays about the intersections of music and culture, punk, rap, and being a black Muslim man. He‘s a poet and this book, although not poetry, moved me to pieces. I‘m glad I read it this year, because it was a five ⭐️ read for me. “And I do imagine that it must be something, to be able to decide at what volume, tone, and tenor you will allow black people to enter your life, for praise of for scolding.” This book is 🔥.

Notafraidofwords If you like Roxane Gay‘s writing + music, read this one. 2y
Owlizabeth All of this 👆🏼 2y
Cinfhen That cover 🙌🏻💟 2y
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kristinshafel
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#allthebooksof2017 Prompt 5: Favorite new-to-me author(s). I am only a few essays in so far but this is DEFINITELY going to be a top read of the year for me.

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A volume of sharp, insightful criticism about the intersections of music and culture, specifically punk, rap, and being a black, Muslim man who has often been the only brown face at a show, but also grief, loss, and hope. Abdurraqib is also a poet and it shows in the way he constructs his sentences: “No one decides when the people we love are actually gone. May we all be buried on our own terms.”

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