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Going Into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man
384 pages; Dey Street Books
The legendary rock critic remembers the people, places, ideas and art that have informed his writing. Pay special attention, as Christgau has, to the women: Ellen Willis, a powerful cultural critic who teaches him the meaning of loss; and his wife of 40 years, Carola Dibbell (also on this list with The Only Ones), who's coauthor of the marriage he considers his greatest work. 
— Dotun Akintoye