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"I've decided to take my time with these essays, which are accessible enough to finish quickly, and allow Abdurraqib to play dj. Each of the first three essays has made me want space after reading to think about what's been said, and since they're about music, at least, in part, I'm listening to the subject of each essay. So far, that means I've listened to Chance the Rapper, Bruce Springsteen, and Carly Rae Jepsen:)" Dec 19, 2017 05:55AM


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“Know ye now, Bulkington? Glimpses do ye seem to see of that mortally intolerable truth; that all deep, earnest thinking is but the intrepid effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea; while the wildest winds of heaven and earth conspire to cast her on the treacherous, slavish shore?

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