8 Questions with Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is the author of several books including Ayiti, Bad Feminist, and Hunger. http://www.roxanegay.com/


Which talent would you most like to have?

I have always wanted to be able to sing.


What is your most treasured possession?

My most treasured possession is my Kitchen-Aid mixer because I love baking.


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I don't know what my idea of perfect happiness is. I don't know if such a state exists or if I would even want to exist in such a state because I would always be wondering at what cost and who might be paying the price for my perfect happiness. But what does make me most content is loving well and being well loved and having quality time with my wife, closest friends, and family. Stuff comes and goes, but relationships don't.


What is your motto?

My motto is to never have a motto. Life is too complex for mottos.


How would you like to die?

I would like to die peacefully in my sleep or while having great sex.


If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?

I don't want to be reincarnated unless the people I love would be with me. This life has been enough.


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Modesty is an overrated virtue and most of the time it is false.


What is your current state of mind?

I am stressed out.