Author Roxane Gay on how unnecessary purchases help her regain control in an uncertain climate

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The fear of traveling in my body made the world seem small, until I did it anyway

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‘I am getting to know so much about her and, fortunately, I delight in each new thing’

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When beautiful lies reveal ugly truths

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Grappling with the uncertainties of the way we are living now

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Roxane Gay’s year of reading

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The distortions of black and brown lives in the white imagination

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Some of our favorite essays this year

Observations from someone who will never be a cat person

Roxane Gay

I write. I want a tiny baby elephant. If you clap, I clap back. Books.: Ayiti, Untamed State, Bad Feminist. Difficult Women, World of Wakanda 1–5, Hunger.

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