The Audacious Round Up

For the week of November 8th and November 15th

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).

The next Audacious Book Club selection is Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be by Nichole Perkins. We will have our conversation with Nichole on November 23rd at 8 pm EST/5 pm PST. Register now for that conversation. In Harper’s Bazaar, Nichole writes about how to date an oversharer.

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!

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Excuse me… what?

Someone drove a car into people attending a Christmas parade in Waukesha, WI. It became a mass casualty event—5 dead, more than 40 injured. The goal of these kinds of horrific acts is to terrorize people into not living their lives. I don’t have anything wise to say. It’s just all terrible.

Commenting on Kyrsten Sinema’s wardrobe choices is not sexist. We need a better caliber of discourse if we are to move forward in any sort of useful way. Tressie is doing an excellent job of connecting Sinema’s sartorial choices to her use of power. Three senators who never do anything useful have chosen this as something to finally take a stand on. It’s both predictable and quite telling.

A profile of Iman, who remains stunning.

On King Richard and Richard Williams’s legacy. There is a really inane discourse happening where white feminists, mostly, are decrying the film’s focus. See two items above.

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai was missing and there has been a lot of press about it and now she has resurfaced but it’s all a bit sus.

Adele wants you to listen to her album in the order she intended. You wouldn’t shuffle a book’s chapters, so I get it. Here is a review of that album. And another. She also has a new man! And so many profiles and magazine covers.

A profile of Lin-Manuel Miranda in The Guardian.

California has such a significant surplus they may have to give some of it back to residents. Now, that’s well and good, but they could also direct some of that money to addressing housing and food insecurity and a great many other issues people in the state are dealing with.

Racism is pretty expensive but police departments don’t seem to care. And too many black people pay the highest price, with their lives. Yeah. Sometimes these roundups are fucking depressing, but then again, sometimes life is, too.

A hiking adventure.

In shocking news, there are white supremacists working in Florida prisons. SHOCKING I TELL YOU.

In other shocking news, Penguin Random House authors skew heavily white.

And here’s a guy who killed two people with a weapon he could not yet legally own and was also acquitted because, well, that’s how this goes when the legal system works as designed. The judge in the case was criminally unjust.

I recently discovered the band Lake Street Dive and I am loving their music. It’s just great and a real pick me up.

Facebook sucks.

Amazon is predatory with your data.

Hannah Gadsby is releasing a memoir next year.

It’s year-end-roundup time in the book world. Here are fifty notable books of fiction from The Washington Post. And the ten best books of the year.

Sketchy eye surgery factory. We do, indeed, live in a dystopia.

Like I said.

RIP Ed Bullins.

I’ll read anything by or about Saeed Jones.

They can change the name of Staples Center but the name of Staples Center is never changing.

So many people refusing to protect the bag. SMH.

For Colored Nerds is coming baaaaack.

LeVar Burton, who gives great hugs, is going to host a Trivial Pursuit game show. I am very excited.

This week I also learned about Davoné Tines, who is bringing a new energy to the world of classical singing.

New Mindy Kaling show!

Qian Julie Wang on the futility of the American Dream.

Nikole Hannah Jones on the 1619 book project.

The practice of click to subscribe/call to cancel may come to an end and not a moment too soon.

Seth Rogen becomes sexier by the day. I enjoy his pottery, too.

Who is Britney Spears’s fiancé? BTW, she is free from her conservatorship!

70s therapist chic. Also back.

A ballet company and a wrong turn.

Imani Perry on Passing.

Will Smith wrote a memoir.

Nonsense. And more nonsense.


Tressie and Kiese in conversation is always, always interesting.

Not satire.

Stuffing biscuits.