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 a staff writer for The Millions. Born and raised in New York, she now lives in the Midwest, where she is a PhD student in American literature.

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