The Audacious Round Up

For the week of July 12th

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 10/26.

For The New York Times, I wrote about justice, both online and off, and how the former flourishes, sometimes beyond our control, because the latter is so elusive.

This week in Work Friend, advice for a wife whose husband wants her to work for his startup, a mentor seeking advice on how to prepare her mentee for the realities of the gendered workplace, someone who is considering coming out as bi, and someone who knows they are making less than someone who reports to them.

Our next book selection is The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade. Sign up on Literati to join our great discussions about the book of the month.

You can register here for that conversation on July 27th.

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 open for submissions.


On Shohei Otani, a gorgeous, muscular, tall drink of baseball water.

Billionaires going to space is ridiculous. It is ridiculous. Treating it as some sort of race is ridiculous. Also, they aren’t even going to real space. Let’s stop saying they are going to space. They are going to pre-space, at best. They are not astronauts.

Carolyn Ferrell’s Dear Miss Metropolitan is out now! A confounding, challenging book.

The Emmy nominations are out. Some wonderful people are being recognized. There are also some confounding choices. This is how it goes!

On old women and how we never recognize their worth until they are aged.

McCormick is hiring a director of taco relations.

A profile of Julia Haart, the star of the new Netflix series My Unorthodox Life.

I’ve been getting to know the art of Emma Amos, and appreciated this piece about her legacy.

MAGA Starbucks.

Medicine expiration dates? A scam.

These profiles of Trump voters, even now that he is out of office, are ridiculous. We don’t need to know anymore about these people. They aren’t mysterious or unknown. The way this makes it all seem warm and fuzzy, people in search of a community, feels so wrong. These people may well be craving community but at what cost? And what does that community stand for? Not all community is good community, as evidenced by what took place on January 6th.

Melissa Febos wrote a beautiful essay about how she proposed to her wife.

On manifestos.

This disaster movie seems… like a problem.

Another day, another book from the Trump years, detailing one horror or another.

An interview with the women of Ted Lasso.

And speaking of Ted Lasso, a profile of creator and star Jason Sudeikis.

Cornel West wrote a resignation letter.

Authorities are trying to figure out who is responsible for the assassination of Haitian president Jovenel Moise. What they are finding out isn’t exactly surprising.

Carl Sagan was a real one, apparently.

A review of Savala Nolan’s new essay collection, which I am presently reading.

A former Olympian is paying for childcare for current Olympian women. Another real one.

Euro 2020 ended…. in a surprising way. And English football fans reacted in an unsurprising way.