We welcome back Nate Marshall today to discuss Cortney Lamar Charleston’s poetry collection Doppelgangbanger, which grapples with the tensions that impact a Black boy’s struggle through self-destructive definitions of manhood. We discuss the narratives around coming of age in the suburbs and the city, and ask ourselves, is there really such a thing as an objectively good poem?
Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our May book club pick will be!
Everything we talk about on today’s episode can be found below in the show notes. You can also find everything we talked about on Amazon.
- Doppelgangbanger by Cortney Lamar Charleston
- Finna by Nate Marshall
- Wild Hundreds by Nate Marshall
- The College Dropout (Kanye West, 2004)
- Mat Johnson
- The Sellout by Paul Beatty
- Black No More by George S. Schuyler
- The Golden State Warriors
- Lil Wayne
- Ready to Die (Notorious B.I.G., 1994)
- Me Against the World (Tupac Shakur, 1995)
- Illmatic (Nas, 1994)
- The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (Lauryn Hill, 1998)
- 4:44 (Jay-Z, 2017)
- Tim Duncan
- Craft in the Real World by Matthew Salesses
- New Criticism (Poetry Foundation)
- South to America by Imani Perry
- Russell Wilson
- “Russell Wilson Responds To THE PIVOT’s Channing Crowder Saying He’s A Square Who Ciara Just Married For Money” (Samuel Clement, Black Sports Online)
- Black Picket Fences by Mary Pattillo
- Black Bourgeoisie by Franklin Frazier
- Our Kind of People by Lawrence Otis Graham
- The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Ryan Coogler
- “Ep. 158 Reaching for Answers with Reginald Dwayne Betts” (The Stacks)
- Addy the American Girl Doll
- “Ode to Cheese Fries” by José Olivarez
- “It Is Maybe Time to Admit That Michael Jordan Definitely Pushed Off” by Hanif Abdurraqib
- “Ep. 160 Black People Doing Spectacular Things with Hanif Abdurraqib” (The Stacks)
- good kid, m.A.A.d city (Kendrick Lamar, 2012)
- The Slim Shady LP (Eminem, 1999)
- Marshall Mathers L.P. (Eminem, 2000)
- VooDoo (D’Angelo, 2000)
- Danez Smith
- “Notes for a Film on Black Joy” (Danez Smith, Gawker)
- William Shakespeare
- Love’s in Need of Love Today (Stevie Wonder, 1976)
- Rahm Emanuel
- Richard III by William Shakespeare
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare
- Telepathologies by Cortney Lamar Charleston
- The Crown Ain’t Worth Much by Hanif Abdurraqib
- A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib
- The Breakbeat Poets anthology (eds. Nate Marshall, Kevin Coval, Quraysh Ali Lansana)
- The Chicago White Sox
- The San Francisco Giants
- Shine Bright by Danyel Smith
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