The Audacious Round Up

For the week of July 5th

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.

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.

I appeared on Samantha Bee’s podcast, Full Release, and we had a rollicking and thoughtful 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 open for submissions.


I don’t have it in me to really engage in more Cat Person discourse but here is an essay from a woman from whose life the author of the short story “Cat Person,” appropriated details she in turn fictionalized. There is a conversation to be had about fiction, boundaries, and the importance of obscuring real life details in fiction, but it has been strange to see people acting as if fiction writers drawing from real life is some new or rare phenomenon. It isn’t. And it also isn’t autofiction to borrow details from real life.

Pay writers’ assistants and script coordinators a living wage.

The USOC is doing Sha’Carri Richardson dirty. DON’T @ ME!

I don’t care if men read books by women. I just don’t. Their loss, tbh.

Elite master’s degrees are something of a boondoggle—very expensive credentials for work in industries that generally pay very little.

Let’s get into chili powders.

This food waste app…. intrigues me.

Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino went deep on Britney Spears’s conservatorship. It’s a travesty.

Racists really are always doing the most to spew their noxious ideologies all over the place and nothing is immune, including the iCarly reboot.

Banks work so hard at being terrible.

I am not sure what this woman thinks happens in first class but seafood on a plane is just never a good idea.

It’s time to accept that we’re in a climate emergency that isn’t going away and won’t until governments and corporations do what needs to be done. So, how do we live in a permanent climate emergency?

On WeWork. What a ridiculous debacle. I kinda want to read one of these books on how it all went down but I’ve already read Bad Blood.

They’re going to make a Barbie movie which, okay. And also they are making a Polly Pocket movie which, OKAY?

Zaila Avant-garde won this year’s spelling bee. What a spitfire speller!

Advice for artists with parents who have other dreams for them.

Jovenel Moise, the Haitian president, was assassinated this week. It’s terrible and only contributes to more instability.

What happens to people who survive gun violence?

An oral history of Legally Blonde.

Predictable bullshit.

Lil Nas X, profiled.

Lil Libros!

Nikole Hannah-Jones finally received tenure but she is taking her talents, along with Ta-Nehisi Coates, to Howard University. Donors should have no say in university administration.

Iceland, one of my favorite places in the world, piloted a four-day work week and as you might expect, it worked out really well.

Rachel Nichols, daughter of Mike Nichols and step-daughter of Diane Sawyer, fucked around and found out.

An excerpt from Mat Bell’s forthcoming novel Appleseed.

Jennifer Coolidge, amazing. I always enjoy her in anything she does. She knows how to chew up the scenery and looks good doing it.

A profile of David Choe.

Every new play on Broadway this fall is by a black playwright. A measure of progress. Let’s hope it is not a temporary shift and that other playwrights of color make it to Broadway, too.

The Zola soundtrack, on Spotify.

What have you been reading/watching/listening to this week?