I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.
Haitian-American writer Roxane Gay is one of Oprah’s favorites - and a rare writer who can capture the love of highfalutin book nerds and mainstream best-seller lists alike. She stopped by OZY to chat about her new book, which comes out tomorrow.
"WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Because Roxane Gay’s writing is straight up delicious. And it’s good for you, too."
An interview with the GLORIOUS Roxane Gay, author of BAD FEMINIST.