This week we welcome guest Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, author of the poetry collection The Crown Ain’t Worth Much and a regular contributor to the revamped and relaunched mtv.com. As is our custom, we let our guest pick the book, and Hanif chose the collected works of music writer Lester Bangs, Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung, which was published after his death.
We talk about what separates good music criticism from lousy music criticism, and what people look for from criticism in an age of social-media quick takes. We also talk about how to make an argument for the things you love and the things you hate, and how to keep nostalgia in its proper place. Plus The Wiz, and Space Jam, and why the NBA is a more ethical choice for today’s sports fan than the NFL.
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