What does humor & entertainment even mean? Are these books supposed to be funny or entertaining, or should it be a list of by or about funny things and entertainment? This category is the worst! The truth is, it's all of those things: humorous memoirs, film history, musical biographies, TV criticism—that sort of thing. Hopefully there's something for everyone, unless you're into knock-knock jokes, because you definitely won't find any of that here. (Orange you glad I didn't include them?)
The order of presentation doesn't matter much either, except for the first: Hanif Abdurraqib's Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest. A slim book (216 pages) from a small press (University of Texas), Go Ahead is much larger than an homage to a favorite hip hop group. A series of letters to each band member, Abdurraquib (a poet) writes of his own relationship to the music as a way of examining its power and relevance in culture, especially in this moment. Extra credit is available for readers who can trace the genealogy of the jacket.
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