You might not know Roxane Gay, but you really should. She writes about pop culture, structural inequality, literature and a host of other topics in her smart and humorous essays. She's also a novelist and a Purdue University professor, as of this semester. She published two books this year, a collection of essays called Bad Feminist and a novel titled An Untamed State. And, just to show us all how productive a writer and cultural commenter can be, she maintains a lively Twitter feed, which is just as likely to feature thoughts on difficult topics such as rape and police shootings as it is to explore, in grand detail, the happenings on Ina Garten's cooking shows.
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- Roxane Gay will speak at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Wednesday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m.
On Wednesday night, she'll make the trip down I-65 to speak at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library to talk alongside Sarah Layden, Michael Martone and Salvatore Pane at a Vouched Presents event. To prepare for Gay's visit, click on over to a few best bets from her online essays:
- In her list of the books that shaped her, you might discover the best book to give to your nephew or niece from her childhood suggestions -- or to buy for yourself in her adult choices.
- Gay calls on activists to stop calling other women "bad feminists" in the wake of comments from bell hooks (African-American feminist scholar and author born Gloria Watkins) who said that Beyoncé is partially "anti-feminist" and "terrorist."
- An examination of what makes Law & Order a successful formula highlights creator Dick Wolf's philosophy to "serve dessert first."
- This quick analysis of the under-representation of nonwhite writers in major book publications ends with Gay calling herself to do better too.