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9 questions for Roxane Gay

The feminist writer on procrastination, Twitter, and avoiding cold weather.

Javier Zarracina

This week, Roxane Gay — feminist writer, editor, and professor of English at Purdue University — answers our questions.

What’s the first piece of media you consume every day?


Name a writer or publication you disagree with but still read.

The American Conservative.

Who is the person who has most influenced the way you think?

My mother.

When was the last time you changed your mind about something?

In my early 30s, I changed my mind about feminism.

What’s your worst intellectual habit?


What inspires you to learn?

I am always very curious, and I like the confidence and satisfaction that comes with knowing things.

What do you need to believe in order to get through the day?

I need to believe that someday I will live full time in a place where it doesn't get cold or snowy.

What’s a view that you hold but can’t defend?

Oh, I can find a way to defend all of my views, especially the view that Vanderpump Rules is an incredible TV show.

What book have you recommended the most?

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.

You can read last week’s edition of 9 Questions with Neil deGrasse Tyson here.