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Roxane Gay on Selected Shorts

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Rumpus essays editor Roxane Gay has a short story up on WNYC’s Selected Shorts!

The episode summary describes it thusly:

The heroine of Roxane Gay’s “North Country” is a young woman from Florida adjusting to the harsh winter in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which she describes as a move to “the edge of nowhere.”  She is recovering from a bad love affair, and is slow to trust.

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Writers from Vermont to Oregon and Everywhere In Between

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“There is a tendency to place the center of the writing universe in New York City. This is understandable—countless writers live there. Have you heard about this magical place called Brooklyn? The media certainly has.”

If you needed another reminder that New York isn’t the only place with an exciting literary scene, Roxane Gay’s Tin House essay “A Literary Flyover” will do nicely.

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Today, Enough

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We are crying out for change, for a mental health care system that can truly help the people who soothe their inner torment by reaching for weapons of such destruction. We are crying out for gun control laws that, at the very least, make it more difficult for such tragedies to occur.

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Best “Best Books of 2012″ List of 2012

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By now, you’ve probably seen plenty end-of-the-year reading suggestions, but have you seen Rumpus essays editor Roxane Gay’s end-of-the-year reading suggestions?

It’s huge and rambling and dominated by women and divided into categories like “Books not normally in my wheelhouse that I still appreciated” and “Books I wanted to hate but couldn’t because game recognize game.”

Go splash around in it for a while.

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Eleven

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We don’t know how to talk about children anymore. We get so wrapped up in these shallow narratives about children being preternaturally advanced, about little girls wearing make up and dressing provocatively and seducing the camera, about little girls maturing faster, developing sooner. We forget.

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“Teenage Girls Aren’t Pining for Roman Polanski”

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After Chris Brown’s inventively profane online spat with comedian Jenny Johnson and his subsequent departure from Twitter, the public is left to wonder once again just how Brown’s actions fit into the ways our society views race, gender, and abuse.

Luckily, Rumpus essays editor Roxane Gay has written a Tumblr post breaking it all down for us:

“Chris Brown continues to face backlash because he continues to remind us that he is an asshole.

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Roxane Gay Interview

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“I’m a little tired of cynicism. It’s just so easy to be cynical—and there are plenty of reasons to be cynical, and I have my very cynical moments—but in terms of my writing and the stuff that I put out into the world, I just think, you know, let’s be honest.

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Peculiar Benefits

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When I was young, my parents took our family to Haiti during the summers. For them, it was a homecoming. For my brothers and I it was an adventure, sometimes, a chore, and always a necessary education on privilege and the grace of an American passport.

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