“My American Dream Sounds Like Blackstar”

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Teju Cole writes for NPR about how Mos Def and Talib Kweli’s collaborative project Black Star perfectly encapsulates the experience of living in New York:

“But, shorn of musical accompaniment, we also recognize that these are the best words in the best order. The meaning of a good poem, like that of a good song, is not settled: a song, a meeting place for the experience of the musician and that of the listener, makes you wonder, ‘How did you know what was in my mind?'”


Jack Taylor is a Rumpus Intern, gangly fellow, and Steal the Bacon enthusiast. More from this author →