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  • Updated Mar 26

    BOOK 1: There's Always This Year by Hanif Abdurraqib

    Approximate reading schedule:

    By April 5th: Pregame to Intermission: On Fathers, Sons, and Ghosts, Holy or Otherwise: He Got Game (1998)

    By April 12th: SECOND QUARTER: FLAWED AND MORTAL GODS to Intermission: On the Darkest Heavens: Above The Rim (1994)

    By April 19th: THIRD QUARTER: THE MERCY OF EXITS, THE MAGIC OF FRUITLESS PLEADING to Intermission: On Hustles: White Men Can't Jump (1992)

    By April 26th: FOURTH QUARTER: CITY AS ITS FALSE SELF to the end

    Growing up in Columbus, Ohio, in the 1990s, Hanif Abdurraqib witnessed a golden era of basketball, one in which legends like LeBron James were forged and countless others weren’t. His lifelong love of the game leads Abdurraqib into a lyrical, historical, and emotionally rich exploration of what it means to make it, who we think deserves success, the tension between excellence and expectation, and the very notion of role models, all of which he expertly weaves together with intimate, personal storytelling. “Here is where I would like to tell you about the form on my father’s jump shot,” Abdurraqib writes. “The truth, though, is that I saw my father shoot a basketball only one time.”

    There’s Always This Year is a triumph, brimming with joy, pain, solidarity, comfort, outrage, and hope. No matter the subject of his keen focus—whether it’s basketball, or music, or performance—Hanif Abdurraqib’s exquisite writing is always poetry, always profound, and always a clarion call to radically reimagine how we think about our culture, our country, and ourselves.

    excellent non-fiction writer and he's focusing on the beautiful game of basketball. book comes out March 26th, who's down to read this one?

    lmk and we can divvy the book up in sections and read/discuss together

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  • In

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    You know that Niggas can’t read

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    Dee

    You know that Niggas can’t read

    Speak for yourself bro

  • Im in my political era rn but that s*** look fye

  • kogoyos

    @homo @rjprice @RodneyBiP @insertcoolnamehere @Ye24 @Unity @Junior @PapiPedro forget who else wanted to be tagged

    very in

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    Down

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    BOOK 1: There's Always This Year by Hanif Abdurraqib

    Approximate reading schedule:

    By April 5th: Pregame to Intermission: On Fathers, Sons, and Ghosts, Holy or Otherwise: He Got Game (1998)

    By April 12th: SECOND QUARTER: FLAWED AND MORTAL GODS to Intermission: On the Darkest Heavens: Above The Rim (1994)

    By April 19th: THIRD QUARTER: THE MERCY OF EXITS, THE MAGIC OF FRUITLESS PLEADING to Intermission: On Hustles: White Men Can't Jump (1992)

    By April 26th: FOURTH QUARTER: CITY AS ITS FALSE SELF to the end

    Growing up in Columbus, Ohio, in the 1990s, Hanif Abdurraqib witnessed a golden era of basketball, one in which legends like LeBron James were forged and countless others weren’t. His lifelong love of the game leads Abdurraqib into a lyrical, historical, and emotionally rich exploration of what it means to make it, who we think deserves success, the tension between excellence and expectation, and the very notion of role models, all of which he expertly weaves together with intimate, personal storytelling. “Here is where I would like to tell you about the form on my father’s jump shot,” Abdurraqib writes. “The truth, though, is that I saw my father shoot a basketball only one time.”

    There’s Always This Year is a triumph, brimming with joy, pain, solidarity, comfort, outrage, and hope. No matter the subject of his keen focus—whether it’s basketball, or music, or performance—Hanif Abdurraqib’s exquisite writing is always poetry, always profound, and always a clarion call to radically reimagine how we think about our culture, our country, and ourselves.

    excellent non-fiction writer and he's focusing on the beautiful game of basketball. book comes out March 26th, who's down to read this one?

    lmk and we can divvy the book up in sections and read/discuss together

  • Im tapped in

  • Mar 21

    What the hell is this? It looks dope

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    kogoyos

    @homo @rjprice @RodneyBiP @insertcoolnamehere @Ye24 @Unity @Junior @PapiPedro forget who else wanted to be tagged

    Bro?

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    Apology Men Music

    Speak for yourself bro

    Okay it’s a song?

  • Mar 21
    TraewayTrueToATL11

    Bro?

    I can't remember every poster

    wanted to tag stealth too but can't find his @ smh

    but by all means join in. it's gonna be a great read

  • Dee

    Okay it’s a song?

    You know niggas can’t make yeezus references

  • Mar 21

    I’m in @KoGoYos

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    @op have you thought about a schedule/pacing?

    Also debating if I should pirate or actually buy it lol

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    Pedro

    @op have you thought about a schedule/pacing?

    Also debating if I should pirate or actually buy it lol

    gonna wait to see how many chapters or parts it has. I like to read at a quicker pace but we can divide it into like a month I guess and discuss as we go

    always good to support authors but the choice is yours

  • kogoyos

    gonna wait to see how many chapters or parts it has. I like to read at a quicker pace but we can divide it into like a month I guess and discuss as we go

    always good to support authors but the choice is yours

    🙋🏻‍♂️

  • IN! Been wanting to participate in a book club for ages.

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    @PapiPedro @rjprice1 @Ye24 @homo @Junior @RodneyBiP @kennisgoodman @Keeksmarone @Slingshot @Jjjjesse

    BOOK OUT NOW

    I added a general reading schedule to the OP. it's already more or less divided into 4 sections but if any of y'all (especially those with a hard copy) have a better way to split it up lmk

    figure every Friday starting the 5th we can get some discussion going but feel free to drop your thoughts as you're reading. I'll probably make some resource posts too

    already started this and am enjoying it. don't miss out!

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    kogoyos

    @PapiPedro @rjprice1 @Ye24 @homo @Junior @RodneyBiP @kennisgoodman @Keeksmarone @Slingshot @Jjjjesse

    BOOK OUT NOW

    I added a general reading schedule to the OP. it's already more or less divided into 4 sections but if any of y'all (especially those with a hard copy) have a better way to split it up lmk

    figure every Friday starting the 5th we can get some discussion going but feel free to drop your thoughts as you're reading. I'll probably make some resource posts too

    already started this and am enjoying it. don't miss out!

    Is it out on libgen