The Audacious Round Up

For the week of November 1st

Why Design Matters by Debbie Millman is available for pre-order. Yes, this link will be available in this newsletter until it goes on sale on on 2/22/22, four months after its original publishing date (damn supply chain).

The next Audacious Book Club selection is Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be by Nichole Perkins. We will have our conversation with Nichole on November 23rd at 8 pm EST/5 pm PST. Register now for that conversation.

Tressie, Debbie Millman and I are hosting a writing workshop retreat in July 2022. You can also register for this if you want to spend a weekend with us.

Roxane Gay Books is closed to unagented submissions until 6/15/2022. I’ve found, I think, my first few books!

This week in the Emerging Writer Series, Taleen Mardirossian writes about developing a relationship with her body while navigating the intersections of two very different cultures.

In this week’s Work Friend, I answer questions about what to expect at work when you’re expecting.

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Debbie Millman is the cover story for this month’s issue of Queer Forty. Yes, I am indeed proud.

Irin Carmon distills the Supreme Court case concerning Texas’s ridiculous, unconstitutional anti-abortion law, SB8.

I collect art and so as you might expect, I am gagging about Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats’s collection. Their home is pretty nice, too. (Yes, yes, capitalism but it’s all quite beautiful.)

Speaking of capitalism, this is corrupt as hell.

Here is a unique NYC apartment…

The old man and the Appalachian Trail.

A profile of Nikole Hannah Jones.

Stuffing biscuits. I am absolutely going to make these for Thanksgiving.

A couple weeks ago there was a coup in the Sudan and here is a resource, compiled by Sudanese people, of what happened, why, and what needs to happen next.

Goober the Clown discusses her abortion.

Following an order through the supply chain.

Are you watching Tampa Baes? Their social hierarchy is FASCINATING.


A tragedy at the AstroWorld concert in Houston.

Cars have become weapons against protesters.

About the student debt crisis.

Some advice on whether or not one should intervene when a white parent of a black child has lousy racial politics. I think about this a lot, myself. Life must be so lonely for those kids.

Anna Holmes on the power of saying NO.

An interview with Kristen Stewart.

The importance of the freedom to read.

Too many musical artists are trapped by terrible contracts.

The Rock pledges to stop using real guns on his movie sets. A MAN!

I don’t even know what the fuck to say about this.

Finding your writing people beyond the confines of writing programs.

I have quite a lot of thoughts about Aaron Rodgers. Anyway, he is unvaccinated and has COVID and something is going on with his hair.

An author steps away from Twitter. I CAN RELATE. It’s getting to be too, too much.

Some writing advice for scholars from Tressie McMillan Cottom.

A profile of Megan Theeeeeeeee Stallion.

I laughed so hard I cried watching this video.

Howard students are protesting unacceptable housing conditions at the university and more.

How to be a better ally to the disability community.

An interview with Amber Tamblyn, starring in Y: The Last Man, an excellent TV show that just aired the first season’s finale.

Greta Thunberg’s dad is glad she has turned eighteen so he can get back to his life.

A profile of Lil Nas X.

Dune has a desert problem. Not to be confused with a dessert problem.

Kal Penn is engaged! To a man named Josh. We love to see it.

FYI: Yellowstone is back. IDGAF. I love this show. It’s just so soapy and beautifully shot and Beth and Rip 4EVA.