A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib, Read by JD Jackson
Lyrical Essays, Beautifully Performed
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No wonder Hanif Abdurraquib’s collection of lyrical essays, A Devil in America, is a finalist for the National Book Award. It is thoughtful, beautifully written, and intelligently performed by JD Jackson. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Sandi Henschel discuss Abdurraquib’s essays and Jackson’s skill at bringing them to life. Abdurraquib focuses on Black life, Black performance, and Black exceptionalism, and Jackson delivers each small gem with as much delight as there is anger and pain behind the words.
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