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Currently reading: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I’d never heard of Ta-Nehisi Coates until an episode of This American Life. The exact theme escapes me, but the story where his name popped up was about a guy who had writer friend he’d grown up with but he’d become so famous, he was rubbing shoulders with Barack and Jay-Z. All because he could grasp race and politics in a way that hadn’t been seen since fellow New Yorker James Baldwin. Naturally, I was intrigued. Who was this cool writer in the US that loved hip-hop and was writing about the race? It took me a while to find him because I googled his name phonetically (“Tanaheesy?”) but a couple of pals happened to be reading his book Between the World and Me. One of those lovely peeps eventually gave me his copy.

So far, it’s so good (Ta-Nehisi is a beautiful writer)  and it could easily be the literary companion to Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, one of my favourite albums in 2015 – but I’m taking an absolute age to get through it. There’s much to chew over with this one…IMG_9397

Have you read Between the World and Me? What did you think of it? 


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