Tressie McMillan Cottom Is a Public Intellectual

March 21, 2019 | 1 book mentioned

For Guernica, Roxane Gay interviews Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom about her new essay collection, Thick. The two writers talk taking black women seriously, self-protection, and, as McMillan Cottom puts it, “rais[ing] some really good hell for people who cannot—who are just so beaten down themselves that they can’t raise it for themselves.” Read the rest of the conversation here.

is an aspiring academic born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She's just moved to Madison, Wisconsin for a PhD in English, and hopes to use the next several years to get really into eating cheese curds and having "a mind of winter," as per Wallace Stevens.

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