Roxane Gay: ‘My body is a cage of my own making’ | Books | The GuardianRoxane Gay has several personae, but she first garnered Internet fame as a diarist. She wrote about the murder of Jordan Davis and, powerfully, about her rape at the age of twelve. As Gay commuted her intimate, rigorous pontifications from Tumblr to now-defunct Web sites such as xoJane and the Toast, and later to the Times , where she is a columnist, she fashioned herself as a public intellectual of the people—mostly women, black and brown, queer—and of readers who allied with and wanted to be seen to ally with those people. The memoir deals with her rape, her overeating, and her struggles with her public and private identities. Increasingly, she has become not just a writer but a spokesperson.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! Formatting may be different depending on your device and eBook type. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.
Rate this book. Every body has a story and a history. Here I offer mine with a memoir of my body and my hunger. The story of my body is not a story of triumph. This is not a weight-loss memoir. There will be no picture of a thin version of me, my slender body emblazoned across this book's cover, with me standing in one leg of my former, fatter self's jeans. This is not a book that will offer motivation.
Bill Maher’s Weird, Effortful Apology for Saying the N-Word
T o tell you the story of my body, do I tell you how much I weighed at my heaviest? Do I tell you that number, the shameful truth of it always strangling me? At my heaviest, I weighed lb, or over 41st, at 6ft 3in. That is a staggering number, but at one point, that was the truth of my body. I do not weigh lb now. I am still very fat, but I weigh about pounds less than that. With every new diet attempt, I shave off a few pounds.