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“I will be a magic 8 ball. ” Roxane Gay

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Roxane Gay I don't know what that is.
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.
Roxane Gay Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash.
Roxane Gay I wrote the bulk of Hunger in five months.
Roxane Gay Do the work by spending hours on Google. This is not how word of mouth works. Also I don't know anything about children's books.
Roxane Gay Yes, she did, and it's awesome.
Roxane Gay Write it well. Write it well. Write it well.
Roxane Gay Your job as a writer is to tell your story in such a way that people will be interested. Everyone worries that they don't have an interesting story to tell, myself included. But you have to find a way to get past that and get to the work of writing.
Roxane Gay It's a fun and interesting experience to read my own books. I hope to do it more in the future.
Roxane Gay Who knows? I never finished the book.
Roxane Gay The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, NW by Zadie Smith, and Normally Special by xTx
Roxane Gay I am not a big audiobook listener but I would certainly recommend Pachinko by Min Jin Lee.

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