They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif 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 recall In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters. Whether he's attending a Bruce Sp...

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Title:They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us
Author:Hanif Abdurraqib
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Genres:Nonfiction
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:291 pages pages

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us Reviews

  • Vivek
    Nov 01, 2017

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

    I've been thinking about going back to school lately, asking myself when and how and why. That last one is the hardest--weird to think about further following my academic interests in writing and culture when it feels like the world is in critical need of other kinds of help. This coll...

    This is, single-handedly, the greatest music/culture book I have ever read. Two essays in and I felt that; two essays in and I was recommending it far and wide. It sustained across the whole collection. Hanif writes in a way that blows music out beyond a sub-culture; it's true that it ...

    As I sat in a teaching conference this week and heard someone scoff, "Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer in music? Are you kidding? What has this world come to?", I'm eternally grateful for Hanif Abdurraqib's collection, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. He is an essayist who clear...

    3.5 rounded down An interesting collection - if at times a mixed bag - of essays. The first half of the book is mostly essays about music and bands - including Cute Is What We Aim For (even typing their name makes me feel like it's 2006 again and I'm on Myspace or something), Fa...

    There are some books, man. Some books that just make you stop every few minutes and stare and close your eyes and let the unpunctuated words echo around a bit in your head and where every few chapters you've gotta steel yourself when you feel the feels. Prose as poetry, and when you're...

  • Renata
    Jan 09, 2018

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

  • Tobias
    Sep 14, 2017

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

    I've been thinking about going back to school lately, asking myself when and how and why. That last one is the hardest--weird to think about further following my academic interests in writing and culture when it feels like the world is in critical need of other kinds of help. This coll...

    This is, single-handedly, the greatest music/culture book I have ever read. Two essays in and I felt that; two essays in and I was recommending it far and wide. It sustained across the whole collection. Hanif writes in a way that blows music out beyond a sub-culture; it's true that it ...

    As I sat in a teaching conference this week and heard someone scoff, "Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer in music? Are you kidding? What has this world come to?", I'm eternally grateful for Hanif Abdurraqib's collection, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. He is an essayist who clear...

    3.5 rounded down An interesting collection - if at times a mixed bag - of essays. The first half of the book is mostly essays about music and bands - including Cute Is What We Aim For (even typing their name makes me feel like it's 2006 again and I'm on Myspace or something), Fa...

    There are some books, man. Some books that just make you stop every few minutes and stare and close your eyes and let the unpunctuated words echo around a bit in your head and where every few chapters you've gotta steel yourself when you feel the feels. Prose as poetry, and when you're...

    When I got this book in the mail, I went a little crazy with the letter opener, leaving a long straight cut down the center of the cover. I am sorry. To have something this beautiful, so damaged. ...

    Do you like excellent essays on subjects ranging from punk rock to familial complexities? Well then. ...

  • Melissa
    Dec 05, 2017

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

  • Melissa
    Dec 10, 2017

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

    I've been thinking about going back to school lately, asking myself when and how and why. That last one is the hardest--weird to think about further following my academic interests in writing and culture when it feels like the world is in critical need of other kinds of help. This coll...

    This is, single-handedly, the greatest music/culture book I have ever read. Two essays in and I felt that; two essays in and I was recommending it far and wide. It sustained across the whole collection. Hanif writes in a way that blows music out beyond a sub-culture; it's true that it ...

    As I sat in a teaching conference this week and heard someone scoff, "Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer in music? Are you kidding? What has this world come to?", I'm eternally grateful for Hanif Abdurraqib's collection, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. He is an essayist who clear...

    3.5 rounded down An interesting collection - if at times a mixed bag - of essays. The first half of the book is mostly essays about music and bands - including Cute Is What We Aim For (even typing their name makes me feel like it's 2006 again and I'm on Myspace or something), Fa...

    There are some books, man. Some books that just make you stop every few minutes and stare and close your eyes and let the unpunctuated words echo around a bit in your head and where every few chapters you've gotta steel yourself when you feel the feels. Prose as poetry, and when you're...

    When I got this book in the mail, I went a little crazy with the letter opener, leaving a long straight cut down the center of the cover. I am sorry. To have something this beautiful, so damaged. ...

    Do you like excellent essays on subjects ranging from punk rock to familial complexities? Well then. ...

    Lyrical, thought-provoking, and simultaneously wonderful and challenging to read. The essay structure allows you to pick up and pause as needed, allowing more time to digest and reflect on the stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    No book has made me cry more ...

    I'm in awe of this book. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib managed something beautiful with these pieces, and I found myself misty-eyed over his description of venues I've been to, cities I've lived in, and bands I've seen a hundred times. He weaves those stories delicately within a larger narra...

    Man, these were great. Hanif is going to be speaking in town next week, so I wanted to read these ahead of his visit and these essays, in the words of Samantha Irby's review, "cracked my heart wide open." ...

    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 ...

  • Kelly
    Jan 13, 2018

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

  • Lauren
    Jun 27, 2018

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

  • Erica
    Dec 08, 2017

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

    I've been thinking about going back to school lately, asking myself when and how and why. That last one is the hardest--weird to think about further following my academic interests in writing and culture when it feels like the world is in critical need of other kinds of help. This coll...

    This is, single-handedly, the greatest music/culture book I have ever read. Two essays in and I felt that; two essays in and I was recommending it far and wide. It sustained across the whole collection. Hanif writes in a way that blows music out beyond a sub-culture; it's true that it ...

    As I sat in a teaching conference this week and heard someone scoff, "Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer in music? Are you kidding? What has this world come to?", I'm eternally grateful for Hanif Abdurraqib's collection, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. He is an essayist who clear...

    3.5 rounded down An interesting collection - if at times a mixed bag - of essays. The first half of the book is mostly essays about music and bands - including Cute Is What We Aim For (even typing their name makes me feel like it's 2006 again and I'm on Myspace or something), Fa...

    There are some books, man. Some books that just make you stop every few minutes and stare and close your eyes and let the unpunctuated words echo around a bit in your head and where every few chapters you've gotta steel yourself when you feel the feels. Prose as poetry, and when you're...

    When I got this book in the mail, I went a little crazy with the letter opener, leaving a long straight cut down the center of the cover. I am sorry. To have something this beautiful, so damaged. ...

    Do you like excellent essays on subjects ranging from punk rock to familial complexities? Well then. ...

    Lyrical, thought-provoking, and simultaneously wonderful and challenging to read. The essay structure allows you to pick up and pause as needed, allowing more time to digest and reflect on the stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    No book has made me cry more ...

    I'm in awe of this book. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib managed something beautiful with these pieces, and I found myself misty-eyed over his description of venues I've been to, cities I've lived in, and bands I've seen a hundred times. He weaves those stories delicately within a larger narra...

    Man, these were great. Hanif is going to be speaking in town next week, so I wanted to read these ahead of his visit and these essays, in the words of Samantha Irby's review, "cracked my heart wide open." ...

    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 ...

    So, once upon a time, I wanted to write for Rolling Stone when I grew up, and reading this book sort of immersed me back in that dream. One can write about music, politics, or culture, but to write about them all together is to acknowledge that for many of us, there exists a soundtrack...

    abdurraqib's voice is singular and poetic; a stunning, expansive, and thoughtful collection. ...

    Abdurraqib is unmistakably a poet, and a poet?s love and attention for humanity and for rich language spill out of these essays. ...

    I connected with pretty much every essay in this collection, especially all the ones about pop punk/emo. I laughed, I cried, I felt the frustration of life all throughout this book. It was excellent; I enjoyed every minute reading it. ...

  • Simone
    Feb 23, 2018

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

    I've been thinking about going back to school lately, asking myself when and how and why. That last one is the hardest--weird to think about further following my academic interests in writing and culture when it feels like the world is in critical need of other kinds of help. This coll...

    This is, single-handedly, the greatest music/culture book I have ever read. Two essays in and I felt that; two essays in and I was recommending it far and wide. It sustained across the whole collection. Hanif writes in a way that blows music out beyond a sub-culture; it's true that it ...

    As I sat in a teaching conference this week and heard someone scoff, "Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer in music? Are you kidding? What has this world come to?", I'm eternally grateful for Hanif Abdurraqib's collection, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. He is an essayist who clear...

    3.5 rounded down An interesting collection - if at times a mixed bag - of essays. The first half of the book is mostly essays about music and bands - including Cute Is What We Aim For (even typing their name makes me feel like it's 2006 again and I'm on Myspace or something), Fa...

    There are some books, man. Some books that just make you stop every few minutes and stare and close your eyes and let the unpunctuated words echo around a bit in your head and where every few chapters you've gotta steel yourself when you feel the feels. Prose as poetry, and when you're...

    When I got this book in the mail, I went a little crazy with the letter opener, leaving a long straight cut down the center of the cover. I am sorry. To have something this beautiful, so damaged. ...

    Do you like excellent essays on subjects ranging from punk rock to familial complexities? Well then. ...

    Lyrical, thought-provoking, and simultaneously wonderful and challenging to read. The essay structure allows you to pick up and pause as needed, allowing more time to digest and reflect on the stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    No book has made me cry more ...

    I'm in awe of this book. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib managed something beautiful with these pieces, and I found myself misty-eyed over his description of venues I've been to, cities I've lived in, and bands I've seen a hundred times. He weaves those stories delicately within a larger narra...

    Man, these were great. Hanif is going to be speaking in town next week, so I wanted to read these ahead of his visit and these essays, in the words of Samantha Irby's review, "cracked my heart wide open." ...

  • Ari
    Feb 07, 2018

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

  • Toks
    Dec 31, 2017

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

    I've been thinking about going back to school lately, asking myself when and how and why. That last one is the hardest--weird to think about further following my academic interests in writing and culture when it feels like the world is in critical need of other kinds of help. This coll...

    This is, single-handedly, the greatest music/culture book I have ever read. Two essays in and I felt that; two essays in and I was recommending it far and wide. It sustained across the whole collection. Hanif writes in a way that blows music out beyond a sub-culture; it's true that it ...

    As I sat in a teaching conference this week and heard someone scoff, "Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer in music? Are you kidding? What has this world come to?", I'm eternally grateful for Hanif Abdurraqib's collection, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. He is an essayist who clear...

    3.5 rounded down An interesting collection - if at times a mixed bag - of essays. The first half of the book is mostly essays about music and bands - including Cute Is What We Aim For (even typing their name makes me feel like it's 2006 again and I'm on Myspace or something), Fa...

    There are some books, man. Some books that just make you stop every few minutes and stare and close your eyes and let the unpunctuated words echo around a bit in your head and where every few chapters you've gotta steel yourself when you feel the feels. Prose as poetry, and when you're...

    When I got this book in the mail, I went a little crazy with the letter opener, leaving a long straight cut down the center of the cover. I am sorry. To have something this beautiful, so damaged. ...

    Do you like excellent essays on subjects ranging from punk rock to familial complexities? Well then. ...

    Lyrical, thought-provoking, and simultaneously wonderful and challenging to read. The essay structure allows you to pick up and pause as needed, allowing more time to digest and reflect on the stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    No book has made me cry more ...

    I'm in awe of this book. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib managed something beautiful with these pieces, and I found myself misty-eyed over his description of venues I've been to, cities I've lived in, and bands I've seen a hundred times. He weaves those stories delicately within a larger narra...

    Man, these were great. Hanif is going to be speaking in town next week, so I wanted to read these ahead of his visit and these essays, in the words of Samantha Irby's review, "cracked my heart wide open." ...

    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 ...

    So, once upon a time, I wanted to write for Rolling Stone when I grew up, and reading this book sort of immersed me back in that dream. One can write about music, politics, or culture, but to write about them all together is to acknowledge that for many of us, there exists a soundtrack...

    abdurraqib's voice is singular and poetic; a stunning, expansive, and thoughtful collection. ...

    Abdurraqib is unmistakably a poet, and a poet?s love and attention for humanity and for rich language spill out of these essays. ...

    I connected with pretty much every essay in this collection, especially all the ones about pop punk/emo. I laughed, I cried, I felt the frustration of life all throughout this book. It was excellent; I enjoyed every minute reading it. ...

    Didn?t finish, couldn?t stand it. ...

    So much beauty. So much heartbreak. The perfect book to end 2017 on. ...

  • Sarah
    Mar 04, 2018

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

    I've been thinking about going back to school lately, asking myself when and how and why. That last one is the hardest--weird to think about further following my academic interests in writing and culture when it feels like the world is in critical need of other kinds of help. This coll...

    This is, single-handedly, the greatest music/culture book I have ever read. Two essays in and I felt that; two essays in and I was recommending it far and wide. It sustained across the whole collection. Hanif writes in a way that blows music out beyond a sub-culture; it's true that it ...

    As I sat in a teaching conference this week and heard someone scoff, "Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer in music? Are you kidding? What has this world come to?", I'm eternally grateful for Hanif Abdurraqib's collection, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. He is an essayist who clear...

    3.5 rounded down An interesting collection - if at times a mixed bag - of essays. The first half of the book is mostly essays about music and bands - including Cute Is What We Aim For (even typing their name makes me feel like it's 2006 again and I'm on Myspace or something), Fa...

  • Jason Diamond
    Sep 17, 2017

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

  • Brad
    Feb 21, 2018

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

  • Patrick McG
    Nov 23, 2017

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

    I've been thinking about going back to school lately, asking myself when and how and why. That last one is the hardest--weird to think about further following my academic interests in writing and culture when it feels like the world is in critical need of other kinds of help. This coll...

    This is, single-handedly, the greatest music/culture book I have ever read. Two essays in and I felt that; two essays in and I was recommending it far and wide. It sustained across the whole collection. Hanif writes in a way that blows music out beyond a sub-culture; it's true that it ...

    As I sat in a teaching conference this week and heard someone scoff, "Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer in music? Are you kidding? What has this world come to?", I'm eternally grateful for Hanif Abdurraqib's collection, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. He is an essayist who clear...

    3.5 rounded down An interesting collection - if at times a mixed bag - of essays. The first half of the book is mostly essays about music and bands - including Cute Is What We Aim For (even typing their name makes me feel like it's 2006 again and I'm on Myspace or something), Fa...

    There are some books, man. Some books that just make you stop every few minutes and stare and close your eyes and let the unpunctuated words echo around a bit in your head and where every few chapters you've gotta steel yourself when you feel the feels. Prose as poetry, and when you're...

    When I got this book in the mail, I went a little crazy with the letter opener, leaving a long straight cut down the center of the cover. I am sorry. To have something this beautiful, so damaged. ...

  • Jenny McDougal
    May 26, 2018

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

    I've been thinking about going back to school lately, asking myself when and how and why. That last one is the hardest--weird to think about further following my academic interests in writing and culture when it feels like the world is in critical need of other kinds of help. This coll...

    This is, single-handedly, the greatest music/culture book I have ever read. Two essays in and I felt that; two essays in and I was recommending it far and wide. It sustained across the whole collection. Hanif writes in a way that blows music out beyond a sub-culture; it's true that it ...

    As I sat in a teaching conference this week and heard someone scoff, "Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer in music? Are you kidding? What has this world come to?", I'm eternally grateful for Hanif Abdurraqib's collection, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. He is an essayist who clear...

    3.5 rounded down An interesting collection - if at times a mixed bag - of essays. The first half of the book is mostly essays about music and bands - including Cute Is What We Aim For (even typing their name makes me feel like it's 2006 again and I'm on Myspace or something), Fa...

    There are some books, man. Some books that just make you stop every few minutes and stare and close your eyes and let the unpunctuated words echo around a bit in your head and where every few chapters you've gotta steel yourself when you feel the feels. Prose as poetry, and when you're...

    When I got this book in the mail, I went a little crazy with the letter opener, leaving a long straight cut down the center of the cover. I am sorry. To have something this beautiful, so damaged. ...

    Do you like excellent essays on subjects ranging from punk rock to familial complexities? Well then. ...

    Lyrical, thought-provoking, and simultaneously wonderful and challenging to read. The essay structure allows you to pick up and pause as needed, allowing more time to digest and reflect on the stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    No book has made me cry more ...

    I'm in awe of this book. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib managed something beautiful with these pieces, and I found myself misty-eyed over his description of venues I've been to, cities I've lived in, and bands I've seen a hundred times. He weaves those stories delicately within a larger narra...

    Man, these were great. Hanif is going to be speaking in town next week, so I wanted to read these ahead of his visit and these essays, in the words of Samantha Irby's review, "cracked my heart wide open." ...

    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 ...

    So, once upon a time, I wanted to write for Rolling Stone when I grew up, and reading this book sort of immersed me back in that dream. One can write about music, politics, or culture, but to write about them all together is to acknowledge that for many of us, there exists a soundtrack...

    abdurraqib's voice is singular and poetic; a stunning, expansive, and thoughtful collection. ...

  • Wyodawn
    Mar 11, 2018

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

    I've been thinking about going back to school lately, asking myself when and how and why. That last one is the hardest--weird to think about further following my academic interests in writing and culture when it feels like the world is in critical need of other kinds of help. This coll...

    This is, single-handedly, the greatest music/culture book I have ever read. Two essays in and I felt that; two essays in and I was recommending it far and wide. It sustained across the whole collection. Hanif writes in a way that blows music out beyond a sub-culture; it's true that it ...

    As I sat in a teaching conference this week and heard someone scoff, "Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer in music? Are you kidding? What has this world come to?", I'm eternally grateful for Hanif Abdurraqib's collection, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. He is an essayist who clear...

    3.5 rounded down An interesting collection - if at times a mixed bag - of essays. The first half of the book is mostly essays about music and bands - including Cute Is What We Aim For (even typing their name makes me feel like it's 2006 again and I'm on Myspace or something), Fa...

    There are some books, man. Some books that just make you stop every few minutes and stare and close your eyes and let the unpunctuated words echo around a bit in your head and where every few chapters you've gotta steel yourself when you feel the feels. Prose as poetry, and when you're...

    When I got this book in the mail, I went a little crazy with the letter opener, leaving a long straight cut down the center of the cover. I am sorry. To have something this beautiful, so damaged. ...

    Do you like excellent essays on subjects ranging from punk rock to familial complexities? Well then. ...

    Lyrical, thought-provoking, and simultaneously wonderful and challenging to read. The essay structure allows you to pick up and pause as needed, allowing more time to digest and reflect on the stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    No book has made me cry more ...

    I'm in awe of this book. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib managed something beautiful with these pieces, and I found myself misty-eyed over his description of venues I've been to, cities I've lived in, and bands I've seen a hundred times. He weaves those stories delicately within a larger narra...

    Man, these were great. Hanif is going to be speaking in town next week, so I wanted to read these ahead of his visit and these essays, in the words of Samantha Irby's review, "cracked my heart wide open." ...

    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 ...

    So, once upon a time, I wanted to write for Rolling Stone when I grew up, and reading this book sort of immersed me back in that dream. One can write about music, politics, or culture, but to write about them all together is to acknowledge that for many of us, there exists a soundtrack...

    abdurraqib's voice is singular and poetic; a stunning, expansive, and thoughtful collection. ...

    Abdurraqib is unmistakably a poet, and a poet?s love and attention for humanity and for rich language spill out of these essays. ...

    I connected with pretty much every essay in this collection, especially all the ones about pop punk/emo. I laughed, I cried, I felt the frustration of life all throughout this book. It was excellent; I enjoyed every minute reading it. ...

    Didn?t finish, couldn?t stand it. ...

  • David
    Aug 15, 2018

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

    I've been thinking about going back to school lately, asking myself when and how and why. That last one is the hardest--weird to think about further following my academic interests in writing and culture when it feels like the world is in critical need of other kinds of help. This coll...

    This is, single-handedly, the greatest music/culture book I have ever read. Two essays in and I felt that; two essays in and I was recommending it far and wide. It sustained across the whole collection. Hanif writes in a way that blows music out beyond a sub-culture; it's true that it ...

    As I sat in a teaching conference this week and heard someone scoff, "Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer in music? Are you kidding? What has this world come to?", I'm eternally grateful for Hanif Abdurraqib's collection, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. He is an essayist who clear...

    3.5 rounded down An interesting collection - if at times a mixed bag - of essays. The first half of the book is mostly essays about music and bands - including Cute Is What We Aim For (even typing their name makes me feel like it's 2006 again and I'm on Myspace or something), Fa...

    There are some books, man. Some books that just make you stop every few minutes and stare and close your eyes and let the unpunctuated words echo around a bit in your head and where every few chapters you've gotta steel yourself when you feel the feels. Prose as poetry, and when you're...

    When I got this book in the mail, I went a little crazy with the letter opener, leaving a long straight cut down the center of the cover. I am sorry. To have something this beautiful, so damaged. ...

    Do you like excellent essays on subjects ranging from punk rock to familial complexities? Well then. ...

    Lyrical, thought-provoking, and simultaneously wonderful and challenging to read. The essay structure allows you to pick up and pause as needed, allowing more time to digest and reflect on the stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    No book has made me cry more ...

    I'm in awe of this book. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib managed something beautiful with these pieces, and I found myself misty-eyed over his description of venues I've been to, cities I've lived in, and bands I've seen a hundred times. He weaves those stories delicately within a larger narra...

    Man, these were great. Hanif is going to be speaking in town next week, so I wanted to read these ahead of his visit and these essays, in the words of Samantha Irby's review, "cracked my heart wide open." ...

    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 ...

    So, once upon a time, I wanted to write for Rolling Stone when I grew up, and reading this book sort of immersed me back in that dream. One can write about music, politics, or culture, but to write about them all together is to acknowledge that for many of us, there exists a soundtrack...

    abdurraqib's voice is singular and poetic; a stunning, expansive, and thoughtful collection. ...

    Abdurraqib is unmistakably a poet, and a poet?s love and attention for humanity and for rich language spill out of these essays. ...

    I connected with pretty much every essay in this collection, especially all the ones about pop punk/emo. I laughed, I cried, I felt the frustration of life all throughout this book. It was excellent; I enjoyed every minute reading it. ...

    Didn?t finish, couldn?t stand it. ...

    So much beauty. So much heartbreak. The perfect book to end 2017 on. ...

    Although I feel it's a bit of an injustice to an author's talent to compare them to another author, putting a frame of reference on something that you just read in an effort to increase its visibility is best done by associating the unfamiliar with the familiar.  Abdurraqib made ...

  • Paisley Green
    Jun 27, 2018

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

    I've been thinking about going back to school lately, asking myself when and how and why. That last one is the hardest--weird to think about further following my academic interests in writing and culture when it feels like the world is in critical need of other kinds of help. This coll...

    This is, single-handedly, the greatest music/culture book I have ever read. Two essays in and I felt that; two essays in and I was recommending it far and wide. It sustained across the whole collection. Hanif writes in a way that blows music out beyond a sub-culture; it's true that it ...

    As I sat in a teaching conference this week and heard someone scoff, "Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer in music? Are you kidding? What has this world come to?", I'm eternally grateful for Hanif Abdurraqib's collection, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. He is an essayist who clear...

  • Samantha
    Nov 10, 2017

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

    I've been thinking about going back to school lately, asking myself when and how and why. That last one is the hardest--weird to think about further following my academic interests in writing and culture when it feels like the world is in critical need of other kinds of help. This coll...

    This is, single-handedly, the greatest music/culture book I have ever read. Two essays in and I felt that; two essays in and I was recommending it far and wide. It sustained across the whole collection. Hanif writes in a way that blows music out beyond a sub-culture; it's true that it ...

    As I sat in a teaching conference this week and heard someone scoff, "Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer in music? Are you kidding? What has this world come to?", I'm eternally grateful for Hanif Abdurraqib's collection, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. He is an essayist who clear...

    3.5 rounded down An interesting collection - if at times a mixed bag - of essays. The first half of the book is mostly essays about music and bands - including Cute Is What We Aim For (even typing their name makes me feel like it's 2006 again and I'm on Myspace or something), Fa...

    There are some books, man. Some books that just make you stop every few minutes and stare and close your eyes and let the unpunctuated words echo around a bit in your head and where every few chapters you've gotta steel yourself when you feel the feels. Prose as poetry, and when you're...

    When I got this book in the mail, I went a little crazy with the letter opener, leaving a long straight cut down the center of the cover. I am sorry. To have something this beautiful, so damaged. ...

    Do you like excellent essays on subjects ranging from punk rock to familial complexities? Well then. ...

    Lyrical, thought-provoking, and simultaneously wonderful and challenging to read. The essay structure allows you to pick up and pause as needed, allowing more time to digest and reflect on the stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    No book has made me cry more ...

    I'm in awe of this book. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib managed something beautiful with these pieces, and I found myself misty-eyed over his description of venues I've been to, cities I've lived in, and bands I've seen a hundred times. He weaves those stories delicately within a larger narra...

    Man, these were great. Hanif is going to be speaking in town next week, so I wanted to read these ahead of his visit and these essays, in the words of Samantha Irby's review, "cracked my heart wide open." ...

    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 ...

    So, once upon a time, I wanted to write for Rolling Stone when I grew up, and reading this book sort of immersed me back in that dream. One can write about music, politics, or culture, but to write about them all together is to acknowledge that for many of us, there exists a soundtrack...

  • Heather
    Sep 12, 2018

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

    I've been thinking about going back to school lately, asking myself when and how and why. That last one is the hardest--weird to think about further following my academic interests in writing and culture when it feels like the world is in critical need of other kinds of help. This coll...

    This is, single-handedly, the greatest music/culture book I have ever read. Two essays in and I felt that; two essays in and I was recommending it far and wide. It sustained across the whole collection. Hanif writes in a way that blows music out beyond a sub-culture; it's true that it ...

  • Jak Krumholtz
    Feb 19, 2018

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

  • Madison
    Jan 03, 2018

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

    I've been thinking about going back to school lately, asking myself when and how and why. That last one is the hardest--weird to think about further following my academic interests in writing and culture when it feels like the world is in critical need of other kinds of help. This coll...

    This is, single-handedly, the greatest music/culture book I have ever read. Two essays in and I felt that; two essays in and I was recommending it far and wide. It sustained across the whole collection. Hanif writes in a way that blows music out beyond a sub-culture; it's true that it ...

    As I sat in a teaching conference this week and heard someone scoff, "Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer in music? Are you kidding? What has this world come to?", I'm eternally grateful for Hanif Abdurraqib's collection, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. He is an essayist who clear...

    3.5 rounded down An interesting collection - if at times a mixed bag - of essays. The first half of the book is mostly essays about music and bands - including Cute Is What We Aim For (even typing their name makes me feel like it's 2006 again and I'm on Myspace or something), Fa...

    There are some books, man. Some books that just make you stop every few minutes and stare and close your eyes and let the unpunctuated words echo around a bit in your head and where every few chapters you've gotta steel yourself when you feel the feels. Prose as poetry, and when you're...

    When I got this book in the mail, I went a little crazy with the letter opener, leaving a long straight cut down the center of the cover. I am sorry. To have something this beautiful, so damaged. ...

    Do you like excellent essays on subjects ranging from punk rock to familial complexities? Well then. ...

    Lyrical, thought-provoking, and simultaneously wonderful and challenging to read. The essay structure allows you to pick up and pause as needed, allowing more time to digest and reflect on the stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    No book has made me cry more ...

    I'm in awe of this book. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib managed something beautiful with these pieces, and I found myself misty-eyed over his description of venues I've been to, cities I've lived in, and bands I've seen a hundred times. He weaves those stories delicately within a larger narra...

  • Book Riot Community
    Sep 07, 2017

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

  • s w
    Apr 28, 2018

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

    I've been thinking about going back to school lately, asking myself when and how and why. That last one is the hardest--weird to think about further following my academic interests in writing and culture when it feels like the world is in critical need of other kinds of help. This coll...

    This is, single-handedly, the greatest music/culture book I have ever read. Two essays in and I felt that; two essays in and I was recommending it far and wide. It sustained across the whole collection. Hanif writes in a way that blows music out beyond a sub-culture; it's true that it ...

    As I sat in a teaching conference this week and heard someone scoff, "Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer in music? Are you kidding? What has this world come to?", I'm eternally grateful for Hanif Abdurraqib's collection, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. He is an essayist who clear...

    3.5 rounded down An interesting collection - if at times a mixed bag - of essays. The first half of the book is mostly essays about music and bands - including Cute Is What We Aim For (even typing their name makes me feel like it's 2006 again and I'm on Myspace or something), Fa...

    There are some books, man. Some books that just make you stop every few minutes and stare and close your eyes and let the unpunctuated words echo around a bit in your head and where every few chapters you've gotta steel yourself when you feel the feels. Prose as poetry, and when you're...

    When I got this book in the mail, I went a little crazy with the letter opener, leaving a long straight cut down the center of the cover. I am sorry. To have something this beautiful, so damaged. ...

    Do you like excellent essays on subjects ranging from punk rock to familial complexities? Well then. ...

    Lyrical, thought-provoking, and simultaneously wonderful and challenging to read. The essay structure allows you to pick up and pause as needed, allowing more time to digest and reflect on the stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    No book has made me cry more ...

  • Pat
    Nov 11, 2017

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

  • Tessa
    Aug 26, 2018

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

    I've been thinking about going back to school lately, asking myself when and how and why. That last one is the hardest--weird to think about further following my academic interests in writing and culture when it feels like the world is in critical need of other kinds of help. This coll...

  • Samantha Irby
    Dec 10, 2017

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

  • Isabelle Rivers-McCue
    Apr 28, 2018

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

    I've been thinking about going back to school lately, asking myself when and how and why. That last one is the hardest--weird to think about further following my academic interests in writing and culture when it feels like the world is in critical need of other kinds of help. This coll...

    This is, single-handedly, the greatest music/culture book I have ever read. Two essays in and I felt that; two essays in and I was recommending it far and wide. It sustained across the whole collection. Hanif writes in a way that blows music out beyond a sub-culture; it's true that it ...

    As I sat in a teaching conference this week and heard someone scoff, "Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer in music? Are you kidding? What has this world come to?", I'm eternally grateful for Hanif Abdurraqib's collection, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. He is an essayist who clear...

    3.5 rounded down An interesting collection - if at times a mixed bag - of essays. The first half of the book is mostly essays about music and bands - including Cute Is What We Aim For (even typing their name makes me feel like it's 2006 again and I'm on Myspace or something), Fa...

    There are some books, man. Some books that just make you stop every few minutes and stare and close your eyes and let the unpunctuated words echo around a bit in your head and where every few chapters you've gotta steel yourself when you feel the feels. Prose as poetry, and when you're...

    When I got this book in the mail, I went a little crazy with the letter opener, leaving a long straight cut down the center of the cover. I am sorry. To have something this beautiful, so damaged. ...

    Do you like excellent essays on subjects ranging from punk rock to familial complexities? Well then. ...

    Lyrical, thought-provoking, and simultaneously wonderful and challenging to read. The essay structure allows you to pick up and pause as needed, allowing more time to digest and reflect on the stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

  • Tim Hatton
    Jan 15, 2018

    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...

    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...

    "I'm not as invested in things getting better as I am in things getting honest." ??? Hanif Abdurraqib's essay collection 'They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us' was a stunner. Many pieces are about popular music and musicians - Chance the Rapper, Fall Out Boy, Bruce Springst...

    Poet, writer, and critic Willis-Abdurraqib has written a series of smart essays about music and his thoughts and feelings about it in relation to current events and culture, including the Springsteen concert he attended the day after visiting Michael Brown?s grave and seeing PDA at a...

    An outstanding collection of essays about music, race, and life in contemporary America. Hanif is a black Muslim who grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and his writing on being who he is in that Midwest space is out of this world good. All of the essays have a connection to pop culture, and...

    I've read five stellar essay collections that came out in 2017 and this one might sit at the top of the pile. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib has this way of laying out whatever it is he wants to discuss, then beautifully diving into it and taking the reader in directions they weren't expectin...

    "Joy, in these moments, is the sweetest meal that we keep chasing the perfect recipe for, among a world trying to gather all of the ingredients for itself. I need it to rest on my tongue especially when I am angry, especially when I am afraid, especially when nothing makes sense other ...

    I can't adequately describe how much or just why I love this book so much. Hanif Abdurraqib writes so powerfully and with such insight about all the things we as a nation are grappling with right now. [A note to potential readers: I loved this book out of the gate but a few essays ...

    I L O V E D this. I forget where I saw it recommended but I almost didn't pick it up because it's a lot of music criticism of music I don't especially like, but it was overall so highly recommended that I checked it out. And I'm so glad I did!! The author is also a poet and you can def...

    Ahhh! Hanif is so good. My sister mailed me this book (not something we do) because it hit her. And it did the same for me. And he's from Ohio. And he's amazing. This book will move you. And may make you cry a few times. And make you want to look up artists you thought you had no inter...

    IQ "I'm not sold on pessimism as the new optimism. I need something that allows us to hope for something greater while confronting the mess of whatever all this blind hopefulness has driven us to. America is not what people thought it was before, even for those of us who were already f...

    I've been thinking about going back to school lately, asking myself when and how and why. That last one is the hardest--weird to think about further following my academic interests in writing and culture when it feels like the world is in critical need of other kinds of help. This coll...

    This is, single-handedly, the greatest music/culture book I have ever read. Two essays in and I felt that; two essays in and I was recommending it far and wide. It sustained across the whole collection. Hanif writes in a way that blows music out beyond a sub-culture; it's true that it ...

    As I sat in a teaching conference this week and heard someone scoff, "Kendrick Lamar winning a Pulitzer in music? Are you kidding? What has this world come to?", I'm eternally grateful for Hanif Abdurraqib's collection, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. He is an essayist who clear...

    3.5 rounded down An interesting collection - if at times a mixed bag - of essays. The first half of the book is mostly essays about music and bands - including Cute Is What We Aim For (even typing their name makes me feel like it's 2006 again and I'm on Myspace or something), Fa...

    There are some books, man. Some books that just make you stop every few minutes and stare and close your eyes and let the unpunctuated words echo around a bit in your head and where every few chapters you've gotta steel yourself when you feel the feels. Prose as poetry, and when you're...

    When I got this book in the mail, I went a little crazy with the letter opener, leaving a long straight cut down the center of the cover. I am sorry. To have something this beautiful, so damaged. ...

    Do you like excellent essays on subjects ranging from punk rock to familial complexities? Well then. ...

    Lyrical, thought-provoking, and simultaneously wonderful and challenging to read. The essay structure allows you to pick up and pause as needed, allowing more time to digest and reflect on the stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ...

    No book has made me cry more ...

    I'm in awe of this book. Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib managed something beautiful with these pieces, and I found myself misty-eyed over his description of venues I've been to, cities I've lived in, and bands I've seen a hundred times. He weaves those stories delicately within a larger narra...

    Man, these were great. Hanif is going to be speaking in town next week, so I wanted to read these ahead of his visit and these essays, in the words of Samantha Irby's review, "cracked my heart wide open." ...

    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 ...

    So, once upon a time, I wanted to write for Rolling Stone when I grew up, and reading this book sort of immersed me back in that dream. One can write about music, politics, or culture, but to write about them all together is to acknowledge that for many of us, there exists a soundtrack...

    abdurraqib's voice is singular and poetic; a stunning, expansive, and thoughtful collection. ...

    Abdurraqib is unmistakably a poet, and a poet?s love and attention for humanity and for rich language spill out of these essays. ...