Music and Literature Reading List

Hanif Abdurraqib

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us: Essays 

Two Dollar Radio, 2017




Erica Dawson

When Rap Spoke Straight to God: A Poem

Tin House, 2018




Virginie Despentes

Vernon Subutex 1

Trans. Frank Wynne

MacLehose Press, 2017



Mathias Énard


Trans. Charlotte Mandell

New Directions, 2017



Aja Gabel

The Ensemble

Riverhead Books, 2018





Shayla Lawson

I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean

Saturnalia, 2018




Pam Muñoz Ryan 


Narrators: Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, Andrews MacLeod, & Rebecca Soler

Scholastic, 2015



Haruki Murakami


Trans. Jay Rubin & Philip Gabriel

Harvill Secker, 2011



Elena Passarello 

Let Me Clear My Throat: Essays 

Sarabande Books, 2012





Michael Robbins

 “Walkman” from Robbins’s Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music

Simon & Schuster 2017




Vikram Seth

An Equal Music

Broadway Books, 1999





Tracy K. Smith

“Don’t You Wonder, Sometimes?” and “Alternate Take: Levon Helm”

Life on Mars

Graywolf, 2011




Greg Tate 

Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader 

Duke University Press, 2016





Niall Williams

As It Is in Heaven

Warner Books, 1999





Kevin Young

Brown: Poems

Knopf, 2018





Zoran Živković

Seven Touches of Music

Trans. Alice Copple-Tošić

Aio, 2006

Michelle Johnson is WLT's managing and culture editor.