By Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is the editor of The Butter.



    My mom and I were at Whole Foods in her town yesterday and it was quite amazing how 97% of the shoppers acted like they were doing something far more significant than buying groceries that would eventually be digested and then released into a toilet.

    I’m reading Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish and so far it is absolutely intense and magnificent. This is not my normal

  2. “The Devil’s Mark”

    Claire and Geillis are tossed into a deep, dank, dark place called a Thieves Hole and locked in. The women instantly begin accusing one another of terrible things but it’s understandable; their circumstances are dire. Geillis admits she murdered Arthur so she could be with her One Twu Luv. A guard throws down some bread that looks very suspect and Claire tries to pull a “Do you know who I am?” The

  3. “By the Pricking of My Thumbs”

    For once we don’t have to wait for sexy times because the episode opens with Claire, naked in bed, gasping and moaning as she is orally pleasured by Jamie. She seems to be really enjoying herself and Jamie seems to know what he’s doing down there. Then, of course, there is a knock t the door but they ignore it because once in a while, we ARE allowed to




    I was at the Apple Store. Let’s not get into why. I saw the new Macbook and though the port situation is clearly a problem, that is one gorgeous, gorgeous machine and I want one real bad but I probably cannot get one without a bit of discord and I definitely should not get one. Anyway, it’s pretty. I can’t wait for the Macbook 2.0.

  5. In this amazing poster, my beloved Channing is saying, “Back off, ladies. All this is for Roxane only.” He is also saying, “Take a look at my oiled torso, my perfect arms, my perfect face, my amazing dance moves, my thick neck, I am the Alpha and the Omega.”

    Yes, Channing. Yes.

  6. Another day, another black man murdered, another black man to mourn. This time, his name was Walter L. Scott. He was fifty years old and the father of four. He was shot in the back as he was running away. This time there is video of the murder though there has been video before and that has not been enough to bring about justice. I watched the video and felt so empty. I felt scared…

  7. S1 E9: The Reckoning

    It has been far too long since we were last in the Scottish highlands with brawny, kilt wearing men but at long last the wait is over. If you want to know how long you have to wait in this episode before sex happens, that is about fifty-one minutes, aka TOO LONG.

    As the episode opens, Jamie is waxing poetically about choices and so on, but since sex or his bare

  8. Today is a grand day for it is release day for Furious 7. Fingers crossed that finally, a film in this franchise wins an Oscar for Best Picture. Here, I am on the Sideshow podcast, talking about this amazing set of films. Yes, I sure did link to that. I did.

    Here is a lovely essay on harvesting sugar beets.

    Six winters ago, I took a break from college to live in

  9. Sometimes I am going to cross post entries from my Tumblr. This is one such occasion. The thing about the Midwest is that is is a place millions of people call home. The Midwest is not a punch line for smug jokes about backwards places. I was born in Nebraska. I have lived most of my life in the Midwest. I have spent the past eleven years living in rural America. I have been largely…

  10. RICH PEOPLE! (I mean…. what?)

    Speaking of rich people, Pretty Woman turned 25 this week. It’s my favorite movie. Yes, it is. It is the best.

    Here is some legislative bullshit from Indiana.

    I’m too old to understand One Direction. I barely know what the group is. This isn’t a point of pride. There’s only so much room in my brain. That said, this is a lovely essay on One D over

  11. Dear Butter,

    I have a six month old daughter that I am raising with my strong and brilliant wife. What are the least obvious or most important things I need to know as a father?

  12. The guy who talks loudly on his cell phone about very important business things so everyone around him knows he is a very important business man. He is always wearing a suit that remains remarkably unwrinkled.

    The guy who opens his laptop the moment he sits on the plane because he has very important work to do and he is going to maximize his efficiency or something like that.

  13. Greetings from Boston where it is very windy and cold.

    Ashley Judd takes on online violence toward women and it is not a moment too soon. It gets old, you know?

    All praise to Ja Rule.

    In a book review for The Atlantic, Leslie Jamison writes about memoir and the shifting boundaries of disclosure.

    We live in an era of endless self-exposure: we parade our babies on Facebook, flaunt our witticisms on Twitter,

  14. Well, it’s Friday and that is good. February also draws to a close and that is even better.

    Some llamas were on the run in Sun City, Arizona and Twitter had fun with it. Folks even got “Lorenzo Lamas” trending. Fine work, all around.


    Speaking of ON THE RUN. Hail Beyoncé.

    I hate being reminded that there is little reality to reality television. Pimp My Ride? More like Pimp Our Lies!…

  15. I forgot to post this for this morning, so the link roundup will happen in the afternoon today.

    This interview with Mo’Nique offers a look into what it’s like to be a black woman in Hollywood.

    Perfect pink kitchen.

    A sportswriter and a professional athlete had a conversation on Twitter.

    Oh, Tinder.

    Our boyfriend Channing deserves an Oscar.

    I was intrigued by this profile of Columba Bush.