The Audacious Round Up
For the week of April 4th
Greetings from Paris, still. Don’t ask me why. It’s a long, sad story.
I am raising money for Hope for Haiti, a wonderful non-profit I work with. My dad is the vice-president of the board and helps them build schools and hospitals and other kinds of infrastructure in Haiti. I could not be prouder of how he chooses to spend his time and energy. If you would like to contribute to our annual fundraising drive, the Hike for Haiti Challenge, you can do so online.
The April selection for The Audacious Book Club is Ancestor Trouble by Maud Newton. We will be in conversation with Maud on April 27th at 8 pm EST/5 pm PST. Registration is open.
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. We hope to see you there! It will be fun and more.
Roxane Gay Books is closed to unagented submissions until 6/15/2022. I’ve found, I think, my first few books! I am open to agented submissions so please send me great books! I am also open, again, for 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.
The first Roxane Gay Books have been announced—And Then He Sang a Lullaby by Ani Kayode Somtochukwu, Lush Lives by J.V. Lyon, and Hot Springs Drive by Lindsay Hunter.
On The Roxane Gay Agenda this week, I speak with Barbara Kruger about her career, how she navigates the art world, and what is occupying her attention right now.
In other podcast news, The Roxane Gay Agenda was nominated for a Webby in the Diversity & Inclusion category. Public voting is now open. If you enjoy the show, please consider voting for it! You can also vote for Debbie Millman in two categories—Best Host and Best Live Recording.
This week’s emerging writer was Khải Đơn, with the essay “OUTDRINK.”
And, a new Work Friend. If you need to wear a mask in environments where no one else is, where your mask!
Ronan Farrow’s production company is looking for a researcher. Interesting opportunity!
As we consider what will happen for people with uteruses when/if/when Roe is overturned, underground abortion networks are more important than ever.
I enjoyed this profile of talented visual artist Gio Swaby who works mostly with textiles.
The Hermés Principle…
If you are into cats, this cat navigating obstacles might amuse you.
Bodegas in NYC remain undefeated.
In case you need it, a guide to abortion privacy. First step, browse anonymously!
I have always wanted to see a dance battle manifest.
Bennifer is engaged! Again!
By the Book with Margo Jefferson.
Another day, another piece of unconscionable anti-trans legislation.
Turns out, having a television talk show can be pretty lucrative.
Some people will contort themselves in a myriad of ways to be able to say the n-word.
An interview with Elizabeth Merriweather who created Hulu’s The Dropout.
There are some labor disputes at Amy’s Kitchen that you should probably know about.
What it costs to have a baby.
An interview with Chloe Cooper Jones.
Jewel on the men who tried to shape her narrative, and failed.
An influencer didn’t get a free meal, so he left a bad Yelp review. SMDH.
All you need to know here is that Paula Patton and her mother season the grease they fry their chicken in. This is shocking.
Congratulations to the 2022 Guggenheim fellows!
There is a decline in sex and an increase in loneliness and people are always fascinating.
Something about influencers and a special airline and honestly it’s hard to keep up with all of that scene.
Anyway, leave black women’s hair alone.
Real estate makes more money than our labor does which can be disheartening if you cannot afford to own real estate.
A profile of Natasha Lyonne.
New fiction from Jennifer Egan is nigh.
As people continue to endlessly debate cancel culture, Louis C.K. just won a Grammy.
Apartment hunting in NYC is… challenging.