The Audacious Round Up

for the Week of August 23

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 10/26.

Our next book selection is Renunciations by Donika Kelly. Sign up on Literati to join our great discussions about the book of the month. You can register, now, for our conversation with Donika on September 22nd.

And if you missed our conversation with Ashley C. Ford, please do check out the recording.

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.

Echoes,” by Aubrey Hirsch is this month’s graphic essay. She also has a comic in Time Magazine.

Loren Laomina offers “Thirteen Thoughts on Reparations, Afropessimism, and White Supremacy.”

In this week’s “Work Friend,” I counsel someone with a meddling reportee, and someone with senior colleagues flaunting their wealth, and someone dealing with the end of the honeymoon at a new job.


My goodness, The New York Times loves writing about the political intrigues of New York’s elite private schools.

Golf carts are a cool way to get around.

An interview with Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, author of Oprah’s latest book club selection!

Sally Rooney on what her job is and isn’t, among other things.

A short story by Amelia Gray.

An essay by Melissa Febos, with a beautiful title.

People need rules for… so many reasons.

An interview with Nia DaCosta.

A professor quit on the spot when a student would not wear her mask properly and good for him.

This is disgusting and that’s all there is to say on the matter.

Karen Attiah goes hard on Beyoncé and Tiffany diamonds. Whew.

Hilma Wolitzer’s 14th book was released this past week.

I don’t even know what to say about this.

This ivermectin nonsense is absolutely unbelievable. And yet.

Inside the Afghan evacuations.

Time’s Up president Tina Tchen has stepped down amidst some truly egregious mistakes.

Hot books fall?

Or hot tub fall?

Padma Lakshmi on how disparaging Indian food is not funny. Or acceptable.

A black film archive.

On the WGAE rift.

White people.

Food Network is getting into scripted films which is… uhh…. interesting!

Somehow Mike Richards still has his job.

This review of Candyman is quite trenchant. I haven’t seen the movie yet so I don’t have an opinion yet.

Literary Jonathans.

An elegy for Aaliyah.

There is a cotton tote crisis and I can attest to this claim’s veracity. Too many totes!

A profile of Jonah Hill.

A profile of Kacey Musgraves.

What happened to all the corporate money pledged to racial justice after George Floyd’s murder?

The last beer brewing nun.

Food delivery robots. Next stop, Skynet.

The supply chain is a MESS.

Pieces by Black ceramics artisans.

Ye olde harsh book reviews.

The legacy of food at Black Southern gas stations.

Succession!