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They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, by Hanif Abdurraqib

seth_'s review

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emotional reflective medium-paced

4.5

melihooker's review against another edition

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5.0

The short version is I loved this book and I want everyone to read it!
Double like, two thumbs up, all the stars, the flavortown of books.
Please check out my full review here.

cdaileyruddy's review

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emotional informative medium-paced

4.5

lfloyd14's review against another edition

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challenging emotional reflective sad medium-paced

4.5

duncanvb's review against another edition

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5.0

I like to reflect on things such as the music of Fall Out Boy and Lil Boosie featuring Foxx and Webbie and also to have my heart bludgeoned constantly

madisonm934's review against another edition

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emotional reflective medium-paced

5.0

etana_80's review

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emotional hopeful inspiring reflective sad medium-paced

5.0

cassmensah5's review

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challenging emotional funny hopeful inspiring reflective sad fast-paced

5.0


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professorbadger's review

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reflective sad slow-paced

4.5

It’s hard to know how to rate a book that’s not your favorite subject but is masterfully done. Most of the essays are about music, and I really don’t care about music writing. (Same for food writing — I enjoy experiencing it but have no interest in hearing someone else’s thoughts.)

That said, he is an AMAZING writer. At one point he mentions that he published a book of poetry, and I thought “oh, of course.” He writes like a poet in the sense of using the exact right word to bring forth a particular image or emotion. There’s an inherent beauty to his writing, even though (or because?) the subjects are often sad. I also read some Joan Didion essays this week, and I see some similarities in the writing style. In fact, though I know many people would consider this blasphemy, I think he does the same thing but slightly better. 

armandilloh's review

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emotional hopeful informative inspiring reflective sad fast-paced

5.0