Margin Notes



Writer Hanif Abdurraqib started SIXTYEIGHT2OHFIVE as a playlist project. When he expanded it to a website, he began inviting writers to contribute essays “in praise of or in reflection of an album (within this window of years) that changed their life.” The Essays on Albums library, searchable by decade, is an absolute mentor text treasure trove.

These first-person essays combine memoir, analysis, and personal reflection. They can be used as mentors for students to reflect on the music (or any other media, person, or experience) that has impacted them. Excerpts of beautiful passages and sentences can be used as micro-mentors or incorporated into craft studies and mini-lessons.

This project is a gift to music lovers and to writing teachers.

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