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Roxane Gay says she would be president if she were ‘conventionally hot’

Roxane Gay is honored with the Freedom to Write Award during the PEN Center USA's 25th Annual Literary Awards Festival at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 16, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

The acclaimed author of Bad Feminist Roxane Gay has a new book out called Hunger: A Memoir Of (My) Body. The book has been highly-anticipated and already has had controversy swirl around it due to the frank approach to its topic. Last month, a women’s website ended up apologizing to Gay after publishing some unflattering communications between Gay’s PR team and the editors of the site.

Now, Gay is doing press to promote her new book and in an interview with Lindy West of The Guardian opens up about the some of the material she covers in the book, which West describes as “an almost unbearably brutal” memoir. She seems to strike the same candid tone in the Q&A that West alludes to as being the soul of the book. West, noting Gay’s professional accomplishments, asks Gay, “Do you ever think: “Man, where would I be if I was conventionally hot?” The author responds, saying, “One of the things I joke about with my mom all the time is that if I was conventionally hot and I had a slammin’ body, I would be president. Absolutely. Because when I think about how hard I’ve had to work to get to where I am — one of the things that gets under my skin is that I’m always referred to as prolific. And that’s fine. I am prolific. But people don’t understand where that comes from. Do you see how much I had to write to get you to even notice me? And that’s because I’m fat. I know that.” Gay says all of that hard work has earned her just a fraction of what thin people are easily able to get.

Of course, that’s hardly the only topic that they touch on. Gay, always entertaining, holds forth on a range of issues including her favorite things to write about, what she resents and her thoughts on undergoing weight-loss surgery.

Read the full interview at The Guardian.


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