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 Willis-Abdurraqib
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Genres:Nonfiction
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:222 pages pages

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us Reviews

  • Vivek
    Nov 01, 2017
    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 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
    Do you like excellent essays on subjects ranging from punk rock to familial complexities? Well then. ...
  • Melissa
    Dec 05, 2017
    "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
    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
    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...
  • Erica
    Dec 08, 2017
    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
    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
    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...
  • Rachel Yong
    Jan 09, 2018
    This is weirdly hard for me to review, because I'm not sure how long it'll reverberate with me over time, but this is probably one of the most affecting book of essays I've ever read, so I've gotta go with a clean 5 stars. Willis-Abdurraqib writes about music and culture in ways th...
  • Toks
    Dec 31, 2017
    So much beauty. So much heartbreak. The perfect book to end 2017 on. ...
  • Leah Rachel
    Apr 23, 2018
    They Can?t Kill Us Until They Kill Us: Essays is a collection of essays by Hanif Abdurraqib. It is about music and the way music intermingles with our lives and about blackness and about politics and about family and love and growing up. It?s about all of that, just connected by mu...
  • Sarah
    Mar 04, 2018
    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'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 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
    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. ...
  • Wyodawn
    Mar 11, 2018
    Didn?t finish, couldn?t stand it. ...
  • Alex
    Jan 21, 2018
    I'm generally picky with what music I listen to, and I take very few recommendations seriously. That this book prompted me to add a number of albums to my Spotify queue, based solely on Abdurraqib's passion for them, is a testament to the power of these essays. That many of those album...
  • Jeremy Owens
    Feb 15, 2018
    This is the best book of essays I?ve ever read. I LOVE this book. It shook me to my core. ...
  • AJ Saleh
    Feb 25, 2018
    ?So many of us lean into romantics when we write of whatever place we crawled out of, perhaps because we feel like we owe it something, even when it has taken more from us than we have taken from it.? I don?t think I will ever read anything by Abdurraqib that will not tear my ...
  • Samantha
    Nov 10, 2017
    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...
  • Jak Krumholtz
    Feb 19, 2018
    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'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
    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...
  • Rachel Davies
    Mar 18, 2018
    this was truly stunning, i never wanted it to end. a new fav. ...
  • Pat
    Nov 11, 2017
    I'd never cried while reading an essay about fall out boy before, so that was new ...
  • Samantha Irby
    Dec 10, 2017
    CRACKED MY HEART WIDE OPEN ...
  • Carl Lavigne
    Nov 15, 2017
    Heavy, and worth it's weight. Full review: https://drizzlereview.wordpress.com/2... ...
  • Tim Hatton
    Jan 15, 2018
    Abdurraqib is unmistakably a poet, and a poet?s love and attention for humanity and for rich language spill out of these essays. ...
  • Kyle Freeman
    Feb 09, 2018
    An incredible collection of essays on music, concerts, culture, grief and race. Hanif?s ability to draw you in and embed you into snippets of his life and other peoples lives turns this collection of deep observations about life into something you can really feel. ...