“A Humiliated Boy’s Idea of Manhood”

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What do Raymond Chandler’s protagonists have in common with hip-hop artists?

At The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates investigates:

“I’ve had the privilege of reading The Big Sleep, between bouts of dabbling with the new Kendrick Lamar. Both works are technically impressive. And both have a hot throbbing core of misogyny. Lamar’s misogyny is more profane, but it’s no more intense.”


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →