The Audacious Round Up

For the week of April 26

A syllabus for The Removed and a syllabus for Milk Blood Heat. Our conversation with Kaitlyn Greenidge, author of Libertie, takes place on May 28th. Registration is open, now, for paid subscribers.

Channing Joseph has written a really haunting piece about the role the media has played in racial terror.

From Jane Ratcliffe, a moving personal essay in Creative Nonfiction about her parents surviving World War II and the complexities of living through that kind of an experience.

I always enjoy a good annotation and Doris W. Cheng has written an annotated history of… herself.

The AAPI COVID-19 Project is a collaborative research project that looks at how the pandemic impacts the economic, social, and political lives of Asians, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians in the U.S. You can read the comprehensive, thoughtfully composed report now.

A lot more has come out about Blake Bailey, Phillip Roth’s biographer and the details of this story are rather excruciating. He groomed his students. He pursued them when they were of legal age. In some instances, he committed sexual assault. It is appalling. And once more, we are having conversations about what to do with the creative works of bad men. I’ve always erred on the side of victims. I don’t feel like this is a debate at all. But as a writer, I recognize that this could all become a slippery slope to where writers would have to be morally irreproachable to have their work published. That writer doesn’t exist. Norton has pulled the book from circulation and they are facing pointed questions about how it got this far, given that they were told, before the book’s publication, of some of Bailey’s misdeeds. They did all the wrong things, but I don’t think any of us know what they should have done once we get past the easy stuff like, Don’t forward a rapist a message from his victim.

Norton is not alone in making bad publishing decisions. Simon & Schuster has really embraced the dark side. They are hell bent on publishing the country’s most terrible people. That’s their right, I suppose, but it’s a money grab, nothing more. It is not noble. It is not a defense of free speech. It’s important that we say this plainly.

Gio Swaby is a really talented artist whose work is so joyful and beautifully constructed.

There has been a lot of talk about NFTs lately, and I don’t fully understand them but this is a pretty good piece on what they are.

Racism really is so insidious. It corrupts everything. Stuyvesant refuses to change. The theatre world is maybe, maybe trying to change. And of course, another black person, murdered by police.

Pokémon cards are all the rage… again? What?

Peace is elusive in many places and especially Ethiopia. Hannah Giorgis explores how recent violence is affecting Ethiopians both at home and abroad.

You can get your Air Pods refurbished!

I agree with Dodai Stewart. A mandatory week of vacation for all!

I follow Cord Jefferson’s career because he is a great writer and I hope someday I can write something as compelling as the TV he makes.

Looks like the Wash Your Face Lady is in trouble.

Epicurious will no longer create or otherwise share recipes with beef.


A new novella from Lauren Groff.

A brief interview with Ashley C. Ford, a future Audacious Book Club author.

Prancer has found a home! With a lesbian!

Here is a massive list of ways to help people in India.