The Audacious Round Up
For the week of June 6th
The June selection for The Audacious Book Club is Trust by Hernan Diaz. We will be in conversation with Hernan on June 23rd. Register now!
I am reading submissions to The Audacity’s Emerging Writer Series. Read the guidelines and submit your best writing. Submissions will be open until I have 24 essays.
Don’t Forget: Why Design Matters by Debbie Millman.
If you’re looking for a nice notebook, check out my new Draft Writing Journal from Baron Fig. It’s pretty swank if I do say so myself.
In a new Work Friend, I talk about credentialism and much more.
Last year, I worked on the new reboot of Queer As Folk. I co-wrote the fifth episode with Azam Mahmood and we are pretty proud of this show and the wonderful people we worked with. The cast is also fantastic. Here is a profile of Ryan O’Connell who both wrote on the show and plays Julian. There are reviews in Variety, NPR, AV Club, and many other places. The show is great if I do say so myself. It was one hell of a thrill to watch something I had a hand in on television. Maybe I will do it again in the future.
This story about the forced sterilization of black women is horrific. This country has so much to answer for.
In celebration of the Tony Awards, an excellent review of the excellent show A Strange Loop. I saw the show both off and on Broadway and both productions were outstanding, memorable, almost feral in their excellence.
A white supremacist group rented a U-Haul, filled it with men, shields and who knows what else, to disrupt a Pride event in Idaho. First of all, U-Hauls belong to the lesbians. Nice try, assholes.
A lot of people have enabled Deshaun Watson.
The best mangos (I personally hate mangoes) are hard to get. This essay won a James Beard Award!
Recently saw the new Amanda Williams exhibit at Gagosian/Park and 75. Definitely worth your time.
Aubrey Hirsch on coming out as bisexual.
On the work of Andrew Hollerhan.
Britney Spears got married. She had an interesting group of bridesmaids.
Important Black History.
Matt James opens up about his time on The Bachelor.
Felicia Somnez has been fired from The Washington Post because, misogyny. Not sure what is going on over there but their editorial board keeps wringing their hands over the safety of the most powerful people in the world and their journalists are all over the place and it’s fine, whatever. But also, get it together!
A woman got an STI in the backseat of a car and GEICO has to pay her like $5 million.
This bullshit here… a longer response is forthcoming.
Why we should write about trauma.
The news out of Uvalde, TX remains grim. The levels of failure on that day are staggering. Matthew McConaughey, who is from Uvalde, had some strong words about sensible gun control, but Jesus Christ, that bar is low.
Some great chefs are getting the recognition they deserve.
A profile of Iman Vellani who plays Ms. Marvel on Disney +.
A roundtable with six women showrunners in comedy.
There is a tampon shortage, because of course there is.
Rich people are bored, I guess, because they are sniffing caviar like cocaine.
A review of a forthcoming Audacious Book Club selection, Counterfeit.
Saeed Jones has new poetry in The New Yorker.
Rebecca Traister goes hard on Dianne Feinstein and the portrait that emerges is damning.
The 911 dispatcher who hung up on someone calling from the Buffalo grocery store where a white supremacist terrorized a community has been fired.
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