A new group of students try to flirt with me while learning about the wonder of concrete. I get a research grant and my department chair offers me a tenure track faculty position with the department. He tells me to take as much time as I need to consider his offer. He says the department really need someone like me. He says, “You kill two birds with one stone, Katie.” I contemplate placing his head in the compression-testing machine. I say, “I prefer to be called Kate.
— Roxane Gay (North Country)