The Audacious Roundup

For the week of September 6th

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.

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.

In the Emerging Writer Series, Geri Modell writes about being an older woman and somewhat invisible in an MFA program with her wonderful essay MFGrAy.

I am helping raise money for racial justice nonprofits in the publishing, education, and literacy arenas through the online silent auction Authors for Voices of Color, running online until the end of September. I'm offering a set of signed books and a one-hour writing consultation, which you can bid on directly.

After you bid on mine, check out some of the other inspiring offerings from Roxane Gay (Hunger), Ashley C. Ford (Somebody's Daughter), Cal Newport (Deep Work), Dawnie Walton (The Final Revival of Opal & Nev), Zakiya Dalila Harris (The Other Black Girl), Emma Straub (All Adults Here), Caroline Kepnes (YOU), Esmé Weijun Wang (The Collected Schizophrenias), Jia Tolentino (Trick Mirror), Jonathan Abrams (All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire), Kellye Garrett (Hollywood Homicide), Benjamin Dreyer (Dreyer's English), Samantha Irby (Wow, No Thank You), Phoebe Robinson (Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes), Rachel Howzell Hall (They All Fall Down), Jami Attenberg (All This Could Be Yours), Jill Santopolo (The Light We Lost), and many more!

A new Work Friend column! A woman wants to protect herself from an unvaccinated coworker. Another woman wants to know if she acted impulsively when she quit a job after her company chose to continue working with a toxic client. And a woman wants to know if she has to chain herself to her desk when her mom babysits her child.

The notion of paying your dues merely allows for toxic workplaces to flourish.

Michael K. Williams was a phenomenal actor. He died this past week and all I keep thinking is, “Omar coming.” He was, of course, so much more than Omar, with an astonishing body of work. The remembrances are many and powerful.

Gabrielle Union has a forthcoming memoir and in Time an excerpt on her experience with surrogacy.

Balbir Singh Sodhi was murdered after 9/11 when a white man assumed he was Muslim and shot him. It is just one of many stories that define so much of what happened after 9/11.


This is a sublime takedown of Andrew Sullivan.

A woman documented her wife’s death; and it is incredibly moving.

There’s a car shortage. If you’re looking to buy new, that is.


Lorde re-recorded five tracks from her new album in the Maori language.

On Mickalene Thomas’s collages and a new four-city show featuring her work. I’ve seen the first part of the show and it is incredible.

An interview with Colson Whitehead. His latest novel is Harlem Shuffle.

Regina King on the cover of Vanity Fair, profiled by Jesmyn Ward.


Black home buyers are being left out of the current pandemic housing boom. Of course.

Overlanding? What? SMH.

Activism Hunger Games. Okie dokie!

I guess being married to a very attractive man is an experience that begets an entire essay.

Comedians reflect on 9/11 and how they could (or couldn’t) discuss the tragedy in their work.

The burdens of fame.

A profile of Bolu Babalola.

A crypto cruise ship?

It’s that time of year again when people rend their garments over men and college enrollments. My garments remain un-rended. Or is it un-rent?

Andrea Long Chu reviews Maggie Nelson’s latest, On Freedom. So does Charlotte Shane.

The tragedy of rural public education.

Abolition, now.

An interview with Daphne Rubin-Vega.

Michaela Cole answers questions from some interesting folks and also me.

A profile of S.A. Cosby whose latest novel, Razorblade Tears, is thus far my favorite book of the year.

A conversation with Angelina Jolie.

Inside Free Britney!

Sometimes people who are labeled hysterical are, in fact, prescient.