Roxane Gay

Beyond the Measure of Men

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Here we are again. In the New York Times Book Review, Meg Wolitzer takes up the matter of “women’s fiction,” in her essay, “The Second Shelf.” She does a fine job of addressing the ongoing, fraught conversation about men, women, the books we write and the disparity in the consideration these books receive.

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The Alienable Rights of Women

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Lately, I read the news and have to make sure I am not, in fact, reading The Onion. We are having a national debate about abortion, birth control, and reproductive freedom, and men are directing that debate.

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A Round Up of Kony 2012 Links

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Yesterday I clicked on a link from my Twitter feed that took me to a YouTube video about  a man named Jason Russell and his son and then I realized that the video was in fact about Joseph Kony and a decades old conflict in Uganda only Kony is no longer in Uganda and the […]

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The 2011 VIDA Count

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VIDA has once again released their count, where they look at prominent magazines and identify the gender breakdown of writers, reviewers, and books reviewed. Once again, the numbers are revealing.

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What We Need to Know

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Since writing “The Careless Language of Sexual Violence,” I have started paying more attention to how the media reports on sexual abuse and rape cases, the ways the media frames these issues, and how they report on the victims. I’ve noticed that there is often some kind of qualification about the victim (and certainly, this […]

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Seriously Though, When Is White History Month?

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It’s just that damn, every month feels like black history month. Black people get everything. Why is it wrong to feel white pride? Black people also get their own TV station–they have BET while white people only have ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, the CW, and the hundreds of other television networks. It’s ridiculous that we’re […]

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Resolved: A Year of Great(er) Expectations

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The most frustrating part of not being able to keep quiet about the willful ways in which people are perfectly happy to enable the status quo is that when you voice concerns about the lack of diversity in any given arena, you are automatically positioned as that person, the shrill and humorless obsessive who simply […]

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Toward a More Complete Measure of Excellence

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The measure of excellence is a pursuit with which writers and critics are often intensely concerned. At the end of each year any number of magazines and organizations issue a list or series of lists to quantify the year’s best books, stories, poems, and essays.

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Roxane Gay: The Last Book I Loved, This Is Not Your City

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When I was a kid, I loved participating in my school’s science fair each year even though I did not necessarily have any aptitude for the scientific. My experiments were never that inspiring but I certainly thought they were—volcanoes erupting with the magical properties of food coloring, baking soda, and vinegar, a suspension bridge made […]

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Still with the Scarlet Letters

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Last week journalist Mac McClelland wrote a brutal, exceptional essay for Good where she plainly discussed her experience with PTSD and her desire for violent sex as one means of coping with the atrocities she had witnessed as a human rights reporter. Early in the essay, McClelland writes about being in Haiti. As a Haitian American, […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Blake Butler

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Blake Butler is the author of There Is No Year (Harper Perennial, 2011), Scorch Atlas (Featherproof Books, 2010), and Ever (Calamari Press, 2009). He is the editor of HTMLGIANT, Lamination Colony, and No Colony. His writing has appeared widely online and in print, including in The Believer, Unsaid, Fence, and the New York Tyrant, and has been shortlisted in The […]

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