They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib

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 recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at shows, and wonders whethe...

Details They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

TitleThey Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
PublisherTwo Dollar Radio
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Essays, Poetry

Reviews They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

  • Jason Diamond
    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 expecting, but that all end up feeling totally right. Seeing Bruce Springsteen in 2016 turns into a meditation on something much bigger than simply seeing a rockstar; Ric F...
  • Tobias
    Do you like excellent essays on subjects ranging from punk rock to familial complexities? Well then.
  • Elizabeth Willis
    Thanks very much to Two Dollar Radio for the ARC.Hanif Abdurraqib's essays are observant, intelligent, and far-reaching; he faces the interiority of a breakup through the Weeknd, considers immortality and control of the elements through Prince, and experiences the moment when shame falls to dust through Carly Rae Jepsen. This collection has a distinct political awareness; these essays, even when considering shows and albums of decades past, are w...
  • Joseph Haeger
    Excellent book of essays.