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Thick: and Other Essays Quote

“When I write, I am fixing my feet. I am claiming the ethos, or moral authority, to influence public discourse. And I am defying every expectation when I do it.”

― Tressie McMillan Cottom, Thick: And Other Essays

The 2023 Reading Group

Join the Kingfisher Institute as we read and discuss Thick and Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom. This collection “transforms narrative moments into analyses of whiteness, black misogyny, and status-signaling as means of survival for black women” (Los Angeles Review of Books) with “writing that is as deft as it is amusing” (Darnell L. Moore).

Cottom, a 2020 MacArthur Fellow, is a professor with the Center for Information, Technology and Public Life at UNC-Chapel Hill and a New York Times columnist.


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