The Audacious Roundup
For the Week of February 20th
The March selection for the Audacious Book Club is Hijab Butch Blues by Lamya H. We will be in conversation with Lamya on March 30th at 8 pm EST/5pm PST. Registration is now open! If you missed our conversation with Kashana, you can watch it online.
I am reading submissions to The Audacity’s Emerging Writer Series. Read the guidelines and submit your best writing. Submissions will be open until I have 24 essays.
Don’t Forget: Why Design Matters by Debbie Millman. Debbie also created The Remarkable Life Deck, if you want to think through what the next decade of your life could look like. The cards are really beautiful and this is such a valuable exercise for looking ahead and taking stock of where you are. I don’t say that lightly. Normally, this isn’t my kind of thing but The Remarkable Life Deck is excellent.
If you’re looking for a nice notebook, check out my new Draft Writing Journal from Baron Fig. It’s pretty swank if I do say so myself AND back in stock.
And if you’re looking for some writing instruction, you might want to check out my Masterclass.
I am profiled in The Guardian ahead of my UK tour. I will be visiting Edinburgh, Liverpool, London, Exeter, and Bath. Click on any of the city names to buy tickets. I hope you can come through!
Don Lemon made some sexist remarks about Nikki Haley so now he needs to receive some training.
At the BAFTAs, there was a deeply awkward rap performed by Ariana DeBose and Angela Bassett called her up to make sure she was okay afterward. Like. That’s how awkward it was (to no fault of Ariana’s, to be clear; she did her best with the material).
New Netflix dating show that distills all the terrible things about dating show into another dating show.
Dilbert creator Scott Adams did more racisms and now Dilbert is being pulled from papers all across the country. In shocking news, Elon Musk is defending him. LOL. Of course he is. You have to wonder why it took so long but who is reading Dilbert these days, anyway?
Who do Amber Alerts work for? The answer will (not) shock you.
Another day, another uncomfortable essay about marriage.
A really interesting piece about Black queer history in Florida. We are everywhere.
There is a new Willa Cather writing residency! Maybe this is for you. Applications open March 1.
A look at Black Twitter from… CBS news.
A profile of Jeremy Strong who has mastered the art of the smoldering, stubbly stare at the camera.
A conversation with Jason Segal.
A house Frank Lloyd Wright built on the water has sold for $22 million.
A profile of Ah-Niyah Gold and her boutique PR agency.
Delia Cai’s Grub Street diet.
Colin Winnette’s Users reviewed in The New York Times.
This profile of billionaire (LOL) Elizabeth Koch is WILD and basically PR for a billionaire who just shut down one of the few paying markets for CNF writers.
We are three years into a pandemic, and are still struggling to talk about it, process it, understand it.
In South Carolina, the Murdaugh murder trial continues. It’s all a mess. Alex Murdaugh took the stand in his own defense and we all know what that means.
Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to more time in prison. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving man.
How Christian nationalism found its way into Idaho.
Vanderbilt, a university LOL, used AI to send students a letter about the mass shooting at Michigan State.
Just in case things get froggy again at the Oscars , the Academy is ready with a crisis team. Heh. Team Will Smith.
Usher living his best life in Vegas.
LIV Golf…. is having a rough time. Alas. There is a tiny pun in there.
Ernie Hudson, a king, certainly went through it when he starred in Ghostbusters. Racism is so tedious.
Keep the dunk contest weird.
RIP to Richard Belzer aka Detective Munch.
More on the aftermath of the derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.
Adrienne Curry deleted her Twitter account because she had to face consequences for something she said.
Emily Ratajkowski has a new boyfriend and people have thoughts about it.
The charges against Alec Baldwin has been downgraded.
Christian Lorentzen brings his unique flair to the failed Simon & Schuster/PRH merger.
Tracking billionaires’ emissions as they fly their private jets.
Some TikTok stars have shady managers.
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Molly Gunn's essay is not uncomfortable at all. but rather realistic. All of us in long term relationships would do well to look in the mirror and be honest with ourselves. People change physically, emotionally, mentally. At 45, I wouldn't necessarily want to live with a middle-aged man of 45 acting like a 23 yo, because physically he's not. So where are the benefits?
As somebody in a long-term marriage, I've had many aha moments reading this, but in the end I'm grateful to Molly, because her story made me realize that I actually do have a good thing going with my man, because I DO enjoy living with him after alllll these years.
I think the joke is on all of us that the Ariana DeBose rap absolutely will not leave our heads despite numerous efforts to remove it. Angela Bassett definitely did the thing, and Viola Davis is honestly my woman king, where is the lie?