Hanif Abdurraqib

A Little Devil in America
  • A Little Devil in America

  • I say I love my people and mean there is a language that is only ours, and within that language there is shelter. But when I speak that language in the world, I know how eager the world might be to bend it to its own desires.

    From breakout writer and peerless new voice Hanif Abdurraqib, the New York Times bestselling author of Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest, comes a soaring and heartfelt examination of Black performance in America, in which race, history, culture, entertainment, and lived experience collide.

    "Funny, painful, precise, desperate, and loving throughout. Not a day has sounded the same since I read him." Greil Marcus, Village Voice

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us was named a book of the year by BuzzFeed, Esquire, NPR, O: The Oprah Magazine, Paste, CBC, The Los Angeles Review, Pitchfork, and Chicago Tribune, among others. His most recent book, Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list.


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