Tressie McMillan Cottom: ‘I Want My Time Back’

The MacArthur fellow on her sudden new experience of consideration

newly minted MacArthur Fellow, Tressie McMillan Cottom can’t help but notice how this whole “genius grant” changes the way people treat her: “People assume that my time is valuable. Just today someone offered to just ‘email [my] test results’ because they know that I am so busy.” Being busy isn’t new for Cottom. But having people notice it is.