The Audacious Round Up

For the week of April 5

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Do you remember the TI-83 calculator and how expensive it was?

Deesha Philyaw. That’s it. That’s all I need to say.

New Angelina Jolie movie I am calling Salt 2 even though that’s not what it’s creators are calling it.

If you’ve flown in or out of D.C. with any sort of regularity, you are familiar with Gate 35X, which is closing as a new regional terminal opens. Thank goodness. Gate 35X was always such a miserable experience.

Benson and Stabler still got it. (I’ve seen the first two episodes of Organized Crime. It’s a bit of a mess but I have to say, I really like it. It’s interesting to see Stabler trying to figure out policing in the world as it is now. There is a great black woman who is the sergeant of the organized crime division. And Dylan McDermott plays a bougie mobster with biracial kids. Lots going on there.)

Min Jin Lee writes beautifully about a beloved uncle and a lifetime of reading.

This is… creepy at best.

A performance artist recorded the racist things men said to her. What on earth is wrong with men?

On street portraiture.

People who follow me on Instagram know that I have been struggling to make croissants for a couple years now. The New York Times has written up some notes on making perfect croissants. I am going to give it another go.

Catherine Zeta-Jones seems to really lean into the idea of the old Hollywood movie star and it’s kind of grand. In The New Yorker, she is in conversation with Rachel Syme.

An ode to New Jersey.

Is an HIV vaccine on the horizon? Finally?

Maud Newton, who is always thoughtful, writes about how trauma isn’t always “great material.”

Interesting piece on ballet culture and what it demands from women’s bodies.

I was working on a short essay for a museum and went down a rabbit hole about porcelain.

Helen Frankenthaler’s paintings are so wonderful. I have been looking at her art a lot lately.

Are you interested in food writing? Priya Krishna has assembled some resources to get you started.

Alexander Chee also has some writing advice—unlearn everything.

Watch a baby elephant practicing charging. I want one so badly.

Giancarlo DiTrapano was the publisher of Tyrant Books and many other things. He recently passed away and people have much to say in his memory. He will be missed by many. And he was a hell of an editor. I regularly think about a couple of the books he published, Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish and Bad Sex by Clancy Martin.