Lakeview Lit Syndicate #33: They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

January's book club pick is Hanif Abdurraqib's urgent and much beloved collection of essays They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us. Complimentary wine and sweets from Vanille Patisserie will be available to sip/nibble at 6:30PM, and the discussion will start promptly at 7.

About the book: "MTV, Pitchfork, and New York Times contributor and poet Abdurraqib (The Crown Ain't Worth Much, 2016) writes with uninhibited curiosity and insight about music and its ties to culture and memory, life and death, on levels personal, political, and universal. He's interested in what sells and what's currency, how music reminds us of who we love or who we've lost or who we once were. Hearing Nina Simone's 1964 recording of Pirate Jenny as a preteen shaped him, as did the Midwestern punk/hardcore/emo scenes he grew up with. Released days after Abdurraqib's mother's sudden death, the Notorious B.I.G.'s posthumous hit Mo' Money, Mo' Problems and the shiny suit era it ushered inwas a kind of light in the darkness, a rap song, with its infectious Diana Ross sample, that Abdurraqib will forever wonder if his mom might have liked. The title of his essay collection comes from a sign left above Michael Brown's memorial in Ferguson, which Abdurraqib visited the day before seeing Bruce Springsteen perform all the songs in The River, an album of men and women and families and the grand idea of surviving to enjoy it all. Abdurraqib's poignant critiques, a catalog of the current moment and all that preceded it, inspire us to listen with our whole selves." *Starred Booklist review*

This event is FREE and open to the public. Join us!

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937512651
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Two Dollar Radio - November 7th, 2017

Event date: 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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