Thousand Oaks and Our Peculiarly American Affliction

Be shocked by the massacre at a bar. It’s not normal.

Roxane Gay
Nov 9, 2018 · 5 min read
Tim Dominguez sits under the freeway after escaping the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where a gunman killed 12 other people Wednesday night. Photo: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

It has become my habit to check social media when I first wake up, a consequence of this modern age. I wasn’t sleeping well, so this morning I checked my phone around 5 a.m., expecting to see continued analysis of the midterm elections and maybe a charming news item about Cardi B. I…

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Roxane Gay

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I write. I want a tiny baby elephant. If you clap, I clap back. Books.: Ayiti, Untamed State, Bad Feminist. Difficult Women, World of Wakanda 1–5, Hunger.

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