The Audacious Round Up

For the week of October 18th

LIBRA SEASON IS UPON US!

I appeared on Go Fact Yourself, where I competed with The Voice contestant Ricky Duran. My topic was Pretty Woman and the most amazing special guest appeared—Laura San Giacomo, aka Kit DeLuca.

I also got to edit a special superhero issue of Inverse Magazine. I curated a series of essays from Jamilah Lemiux, Jill Louise Busby, Keah Brown, and Jet Toomer. I also had conversations with writer Tananarive Due and writer/director Nia DaCosta. The whole issue is worth reading!

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).

On November 2, Debbie and I will be in conversation at the University of Albany.

Our next book selection is The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang. We will have our conversation with Helen on October 25th. Instead of a live Q & A, please e-mail me your questions for Helen by October 24th! 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!


Insecure begins its final season tonight.

I love elephants and it is incredibly sad to learn that elephants are evolving into being born without tusks because they’ve been poached so much.

Dream job alert!

On moral panic journalism.

Actor Alec Baldwin fired a gun on set and a whole lot of things went wrong. A cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, died, and the film’s director sustained injuries. Before this happened several crew members walked off set because of dangerous conditions. Now investigators are looking at the assistant director and armorer. This is just a tragic, tragic story. A woman lost her life. So senseless.

Over at the CW, Ruby Rose is alleging dangerous, toxic working conditions.

Anakin Skywalker isn’t fully dead yet.

Ashley C. Ford’s Somebody’s Daughter is one of Publisher’s Weekly’s ten best books of 2021.

Karissa Chen writes movingly about running her way into a community.

A labor movement is afoot. Here you can track all the strikes happening.

The Believer, at least for now, is shutting down, and it’s a goddamned shame.

Katie Couric has written a memoir. A starred review for Bernardine Evaristo’s Manifesto. On Maud Newton’s Ancestor Troubles.

Solange out here doing Solange Tings!

On the many, many issues with accent profiling.

Saw No Time to Die in theaters and it was excellent as all Daniel Craig’s Bond films have been. We’ve also started Dopesick, on Hulu, and man, what the Sacklers did with OxyContin is egregious on every possible level.

New questions about adoption.

Amazon’s working on what they hope will be their Game of Thrones. I hope they take the time to light it properly.

Franny Choi’s incredible essay on becoming an object.

People really tell on themselves when it comes to Lizzo and her comfort in her body.

On the fiction of passing.

This story about a woman who was sexually assaulted on a train while PEOPLE FUCKING STOOD THERE AND WATCHED AND DIDN’T CALL 911 is just absolutely UNBELIEVABLE. What is wrong with people? How does this fucking happen?

These lifestyle stories about people moving to some place where others have already been living, and acting like they’ve discovered something original, always amuse me. Except for the original version of that story. That one was terrible.

Interesting piece on the not so invisible but often unacknowledged labor of audio producers.

Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian are engaged. Love is real-ish!

A profile of artist Mickalene Thomas.

Jesus Christ Superstar is 50!

The MLB billionaire owners have, after much pressure, agreed to provide housing for minor league players.