Writing into the Wound: Understanding trauma, truth, and language

Writing into the Wound: Understanding trauma, truth, and language


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“Roxane Gay seems to have a knack for fearlessly telling the truth.”—The New York Times

From the bestselling author of Hunger and Bad Feminist, an unforgettable, deeply personal look at how trauma has shaped her life and work—and what all of us need to do to come to grips with the collective suffering of the past year.

Bestselling author and cultural icon Roxane Gay is no stranger to trauma. As a young girl, she was the victim of a horrifying act of violence that changed her life and would strongly influence her career as a writer. In her 2017 memoir Hunger, she addressed that trauma head-on, writing with bracing honesty about her body and the ways that food can be used both to bury pain and make oneself disappear. The response to Hunger by some critics who seemed to take perverse pleasure in highlighting Gay’s vulnerabilities was itself a fresh wound. By exploring trauma publicly, Gay suffered more of it.

In her Scribd Original Writing into the Wound, Gay not only talks openly about trauma in her personal life—from her fraught time as an undergraduate at Yale to the stress of returning there as a visiting professor to the fallout from Hunger—but also about the collective trauma we’ve experienced this past year. COVID-19, racial and economic inequality, political strife, imminent environmental disaster, and more: Gay catalogs it all with her trademark candor and authority. To make sense of our pain, she suggests, we need to explore it fully, even as we’re still in the midst of it. Just as she writes her way through her own traumas and coaches her students to do the same, she urges us to take a long, hard look at the wounds we all share: “The world as we knew it has broken wide open. There is a before and an after, and the world will never again be what it once was. That sounds terrifying, but it is an opportunity.”

“To change the world, we need to face what has become of it,” she writes. “To heal from a trauma, we need to understand the extent of it.” Full of wisdom and rage and grace, Writing into the Wound is a remarkable consideration of where we are, and where we need to go, by one of the finest authors and cultural critics of her generation.

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    Writing into the Wound: Understanding trauma, truth, and language Reviews

  • chantel nouseforaname

    Roxane Gay can do no wrong in my eyes or ears. I listened to this great audiobook on Scribd that she wrote in partnership with Scribd.com. It was about a minute over an hour and felt like a podcast. S...

  • Hissa

    A beautifully written essay about trauma and language. Gay poses thought provoking questions about trauma and literature. “writing trauma, with a focus on not only why to write about trauma but also...

  • Michelle McGrane

    “The world as we knew it has broken wide open. There is a before and an after, and the world will never again be what it once was. That sounds terrifying, but it is an opportunity.”Bestselling aut...

  • Kim

    Excellent essay by Roxane Gay.She also offers her syllabus for a writing class she recently taught at Yale which is a list of must read books/authors....

  • andreea.  (paperrcuts)

    I am not entirely sure about what I have just read, because this was a concoction of heavy topics that each deserved their own spotlight, rather than to be mentioned briefly without any novel or genui...

  • Tammie

    I picked this up because Hunger was one of my favourite non-fiction reads of last year (and I currently have a free trial on Scribd lol), and this essay is a follow-up/reflection on that. I liked this...

  • Nashwa S

    I loved this little book so much. I find that Gay is an eloquent writer, and her audiobook narration is quite soothing to listen. In this book, she shared some of her experiences about how she was sha...

  • Sarah

    3.5 rounded up Writing into the Wound is a 30-something page essay on the writing workshop Roxane Gay recently ran at Yale, her alma mater (albeit a school she states that she dropped out of in her ju...

  • Len

    "As a writer, my job is to make sense of the state of the world; I hardly know where to begin."One thing that resonated with me in this essay is how much it reminded me of the conversation between Han...

  • Laurel L. Perez

    Gay has a way with words and I can't stop reading her work. Because not only is the language beautiful, a content is inquisitive and heartbreaking, and completely honest. In this particular collection...