Episode 86: Roxane Gay on “Difficult Women”


I’ve read Roxane Gay’s work ever since I discovered her writing in grad school in 2010. Whenever there’s a huge cultural moment–a political catastrophe, an attack on Feminism, or breaking Channing Tatum newsI’m eager to see what she has to say. Her view point helps broaden and illuminate my own. In other words, I’m grateful she exists and she’s brave enough to share her opinions (and her captivating fiction) in the face of cowardly haters. Her new book of short stories Difficult Women out by Grove Press is brutal, honest, and riveting. It makes us acknowledge the darkness in the world, while observing the resilience of women. It was a great honor to speak with Roxane this week and I hope you enjoy hearing her talk about her work, her life, and the current state of the globe.

Let us know what you think on Twitter @litupshow and @rgay.

xox Angie

Photo credit: Jay Grabiec

Buy Difficult Women here.

Roxane Gay’s writing appears  in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, and Difficult Women and Hunger forthcoming in 2017. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel.

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