“The things that scare me most end up being the most intellectually satisfying. I try not to let ever let my fear control me… The older I get the more I recognize that I have every right to live and be in the world, and that I shouldn’t have to make myself small to make other people comfortable.” – Roxane Gay, episode 170 on Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso

Roxane Gay may be a self-described introvert, but she’s not one to shy away from a public fight. As a contributing writer for The New York Times, Gay has taken aim at President Trump, modern misogyny, racial discrimination within the police force. But it’s her two best-selling books–Bad Feminist and Hunger–that cemented her place in the public discourse as a singular talent, someone able to write personally and politically. She does the same on this week’s episode, alternating between timely cultural commentary and candid self-reflection.

This is a story, in part, about how Roxane arrived at the woman (and writer) she is today.


          • Roxane Gay has authored many phenomenal books. If you would like to purchase any of them, you can find them here.
          • To learn about her and her work, visit her site.
          • Roxane has a great online presence, follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
          • Read the 2003 profile of Toni Morrison in the New Yorker here.

    Illustrations by: Krishna Shenoi.

    Music by: Dylan Peck and Jinsang.

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