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

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A small shopping cart and red computer mouse on pink background, symbolizing online shopping.
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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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Rear view of a fat Black woman sitting on a towel on the beach, watching the ocean.
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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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A closeup photo of Stacey Abrams speaking at an event.
Stacey Abrams speaks during the Martin & Coretta S. King Unity Breakfast on March 1, 2020, in Selma, Alabama. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images



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

Illustration by Christina Yoseph


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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