Announcing the 2019-20 selection:
"They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us" by Hanif Abdurraqib
“They Can’t Kill Us Until they Kill Us” is Hanif Abdurraqib’s first collection of essays published by Two Dollar Radio, in 2017. It was named a book of the year by Buzzfeed, Esquire, NPR, Oprah Magazine, Paste, CBC, The Los Angeles Review, Pitchfork and The Chicago Tribune, among others.
As summarized on the publisher’s website, “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.
Save the Date!
Essayist, poet, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib will visit IU Northwest on October 17, 2019 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Bergland Auditorium.
“In the wake of the nightclub attacks in Paris, he recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at shows, and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will not be afforded that opportunity now. While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of black Americans, Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers: for attempting to enter his own car.
“In essays that have been published by the New York Times, MTV, and Pitchfork, among others—along with original, previously unreleased essays—Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, so that we might better understand ourselves, and in so doing proves himself a bellwether for our times.”
A Soundtrack for Our Campus
The selection for this year’s One Book… One Campus… One Community Reading Initiative is They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, by noted music critic and poet Hanif Abdurraqib.
Pop music plays a central role in his book as he analyzes and discusses works by Chance the Rapper, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Migos. He even developed a soundtrack for the book on Spotify.
Let’s create our own unique playlist to help the campus get more engaged with the book and related events. The One Book Committee is seeking recommendations from the campus community for influential music that addresses diversity, inclusion and social change.