The Audacious Round Up

For the week of September 20th

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 11/9 (damn supply chain).

On November 2, Debbie and I will be in conversation at the University of Albany.

Our next book selection is The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang. We will have our conversation with Helen on October 25th. Instead of a live Q & A, please e-mail me your questions for Helen by October 24th! Register now for that conversation. You can watch our engaging conversation with Donika Kelly if you missed it live.

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.

A new Work Friend! And I wrote about borders, the Haitian migrant crisis, and the failures of the current administration.

Love & Basketball, one of my favorite movies, is now a Criterion Collection release and as part of the liner notes, I wrote an essay about why the film works so well as a romantic drama.

In the Emerging Writer Series, Jen Soong offers us a gift: Token Asian: A Glossary.


This story is… kind of terrifying.

On interruptions as enthusiastic engagement.

Sigh. Anti-vax NBA players.

If you get a chance in one of the cities the show will visit, go see Sun & Sea. It is one of the most interesting and original pieces of theatre I’ve ever seen. Visually stunning, and music connecting the vignettes of the people on a crowded beach.

Home health aides are in great demand, and still, they are overworked and underpaid.

This one gorilla, well, went down on this other gorilla. And why not? They were just living their lives. They didn’t ask to be in a zoo!

Guess what? Biden won Arizona for like, the fifth time?

A review of Grease 3, I mean, Dear Evan Hansen.

A beautiful short film starting the one and only Randa Jarrar.

RIP Willie Garson.

Disgrace.

Disgrace.

Disgrace.

Disgrace.

Disgrace.

Disgrace.

This, about Morgan Wallen, is pretty unsurprising.

There are 16 SoCal restaurants on the new Michelin Bib Gourmand list.

A profile of Ruth Ozeki.

Elvira is queer!

Looks like there will be better protections for food delivery gig workers in NYC. May this happen all across the country.

Lil Nas X covers Jolene. And a review of his debut album Montero.

Sometimes restaurants have wacky promotions like get a tattoo of our logo and get free food for life. Well, sometimes, people actually go through with it.

There was a ridiculous governor recall in California. It failed. Cali republicans are big mad.

A conversation between Michaela Coel and Donald Glover.

Women are hitting the road as truck drivers.

A review of Gayl Jones’s Palmare.