Ask the Author: Roxane Gay
“I will be a magic 8 ball. ” Roxane Gay
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Roxane Gay Why on earth would I think something like this? We write completely different things and honestly, she created Harry Potter, a book read by... billions of people, probably? I am self-aware enough to know that whatever my impact as a writer, it pales in comparison to what she has accomplished. Though I never got into the Harry Potter books, I admire her greatly as a writer and person.
Roxane Gay I solicited writers I admire and respect who I knew had interesting things to say about rape culture. I also had a public call for submissions and received 330 submissions from which I chose 15 or 16 of the essays. In terms of the order, I just went with my gut instinct. I started the collection with Aubrey Hirsch's essays because it encapsulated, so well, what rape culture is about and why it is so terrible for women.
You write that, "We need to stop playing Privilege or Oppression Olympics" Yet much of feminism today seems to be solely concerned with such Olympics. This is especially concerning to me given that women in Islamic countries are actually oppressed, but such Olympics are focused on 'micro-repressive trends in pop culture". Does it seem to you as if many modern feminists are no longer making progress?
Ms. Gay, Reading both Hunger and Bad Feminist this year, I had commutes where I missed my subway stop because I had become so engrossed in your prose. The Times called your writing "luminous" and they were not overselling it in the least. Can you think of the last book you read where you lost all track of the real world around you, and if so, could you share the title with us?
I am an aspiring writer and my main interest is memoir/essay, but I can't get past this nagging feeling not-so-deep-inside me that no one gives an EFF what I have to say, which is hindering my productivity. Have you ever felt this/how did you get past it? If not, do you have any thoughts? P.S. I love you and if you actually write Batgirl I will scream.