The Audacious Round Up

For the week of April 19

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Upcoming books and the weeks during which we will have our live author chats:

May: Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenridge (Week of 5/24)
June: Of Women and Salt by Gabriela Garcia (Week of 6/21)
July: The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade (Week of 7/26)
August: Somebody’s Daughterby Ashley C. Ford (Week of 8/23)
September: The Renunciations by Donika Kelly (Week of 9/20)
October: The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang (Week of 10/25)
November: Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be by Nichole Perkins (Week of 11/22)
December: Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So (Week of 12/13)

For those of you in NYC, Bluestockings has moved to 116 Suffolk Street. I visited the new location over the weekend and it is wonderful. Definitely go check it out, and buy books if you’re of a mind. Don’t just browse and buy elsewhere.

I spoke with Andra Day about her turn as Billie Holiday, social justice as a lifelong project, and much more.


There is a slight obsession with McDonald’s ice cream machines and here is an interesting article about some people who hacked the machine and got heh, frozen out.

An excerpt from Elissa Washuta’s new essay collection.

People seem to be obsessed with women’s orgasms for one reason or another. There are some fun jokes to be made here but I’ll let you fill in those blanks.

An entire industry has risen around online slander. It’s kind of terrifying.

A new short story by the talented Catherine Lacey.

Online scammers are seemingly infinite in their creativity.

And speaking of scammers! How? WHAT?

Jhumpa Lahiri learned Italian, wrote a book in Italian, and then translated it back to English. I took some pictures of my puppy today and also made fresh pita bread. So there!

Amnesty International has a problem with white privilege. Shocking.

Two black creators writing black superheroes into existence.

Another day, another fancy literary man who turns out to be a misogynist and predator.

We talk a lot about culpability in the court of public opinion but much less about what paths to redemption might look like. I do not yet have answers but I have been mulling over this apology from writer Michael Chabon, where he admits that for many years, he did nothing in the face of Scott Rudin’s abusive behavior.

A poem from Kaveh Akbar.

An excerpt from Stacey Abrams’s new novel While Justice Sleeps.

A model whose career was on the rise was murdered by another model. What happened?

The football Super League debacle is… fascinating. Amazing to see so many bad decisions.

Camonghne Felix profiles Barry Jenkins.

A review of the Reconstructions exhibit at MOMA by Kimberly Drew.

On trying to accumulate wealth while paying the black tax.

Are you languishing?

Lincoln Michel gets into what determines the length of a novel.

Thinking through the ethics of eating animals.

The looks on these kids’ faces: