The Audacious Round Up
For the week of June 7
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Last week, in the Emerging Writer Series, “Filth” by Christina McCausland.
As your Work Friend, I counsel someone considering a job change, a person with a perpetually behind boss, and someone who want to do something quite terrible to a coworker they dislike.
I got to speak with Kelis about moving to a farm outside of Los Angeles and the new life she is building for herself and her family.
I love the work of Gio Swaby and was thrilled to hear that her recent show at the Claire Oliver Gallery sold out!
The Good Sex Awards have announced this year’s finalists!
You may remember an epic Twitter thread from five years ago written by a woman named Zola (A’ziah King). Well, now the movie adapted from those tweets, directed by the singular Janicza Bravo, is being released and Zola herself is profiled. It’s one of the better profiles I’ve read.
Speaking of profiles, this piece about Yashar Ali is quite… a journey.
Social media influencers are getting burnt out.
Growing up I watched a lot of tennis because my mom is a fan and Martina Navratilova was one of my favorite players. She remains as outspoken today as ever and she is profiled in the New York Times.
This thread about a woman and her father wanting a job at Costco and the stars aligning is a nice antidote to, well, everything.
Why, given history, do people get married at plantations? Clint Smith tried to find out.
Aubrey Hirsch, who shares a comic with us each month, wrote about incel comics. It’s grim.
Fuck around and find out.
It’s incredible to see how Jami Attenberg’s #1000wordsofsummer has grown. Are you participating?
We cannot be friends with our students. The power imbalance renders it an impossibility. We can like and love our students. We can be friendly with them. But that’s it! We shouldn’t force them to socialize with us outside of a professional setting. We shouldn’t discuss our intimate lives with them. We give our students grades. We put them in an impossible position when we impose this kind of intimacy on them. Anyway, this is a long way of saying that Yale Law School seems like a pretty miserable place.
The depravity of racism astounds. But this is particularly egregious.
The winners of the 2021 Pulitzer Prizes were announced and there are some really interesting winners. Katori Hall! Mitch Jackson! Natalie Diaz! There was also a special citation for Darnella Frazier, the young woman who filmed George Floyd’s murder. I have mixed feelings about that one. She absolutely deserves any and all recognition. She is courageous beyond measure. But she also wants her privacy and this does not support that.
Feminists in Korea are making the menfolk angry! It’s more complicated than that but also it isn’t.
Jodie Turner-Smith is playing Anne Boleyn!
There are lessons to be learned from ACT UP’s successes.
I was dismayed to read about the experiences of the writers on Netflix’s Selena.
Each new story about Blake Bailey paint an even grimmer picture.
A few writers are changing their published books and NOVELS, at that, when facing social media pressure. It is a terrible precedent. I may write more on this in the near future.