Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me: Book club and discussion.

Is Ta-Nehisi Coates Too Fatalistic About the Arc of History?

Is Ta-Nehisi Coates Too Fatalistic About the Arc of History?

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Sept. 18 2015 12:15 PM

The Audio Book Club Ventures Between the World and TNC

Slate critics debate Ta-Nehisi Coates’ lyrical polemic. 


To listen to the Audio Book Club discussion of Between the World and Me, click the arrow on the player below.


This month Slate critics Jamelle Bouie, Meghan O’Rourke, and Katy Waldman discuss  Ta-Nehisi Coates’ searing book Between the World and Me. Does it properly belong to the genre of polemic, memoir, poetry, journalism, or something else? How does Coates make the physical experience of being black come alive? What does he mean by “the Dream,” or “the Struggle,” or even “the World”?

For more Slate coverage of Between the World and Me, check out Jack Hamilton’s review and Isaac Chotiner’s interview with Coates.

Next month the Audio Book Club will dig into Andy Weir’s The Martian. Read the book and stay tuned for our discussion in October!

Visit our Audio Book Club archive page for a complete list of the more than 75 books we’ve discussed over the years. Or you can listen to any of our previous club meetings through our iTunes feed.


Podcast produced by Abdul Rufus and Andy Bowers.

Jamelle Bouie is Slates chief political correspondent.

Meghan O’Rourke is Slate’s culture critic and an advisory editor. She was previously an editor at the New Yorker. The Long Goodbye, a memoir about her mother’s death, is now out in paperback.

Katy Waldman is a Slate staff writer.