The Audacious Roundup

for the Week of March 8th

In my most recent work friend column, I wrote about a year without our work friends. I truly cannot believe it has been a whole year. My last public event was at the Arlington Public Library on March 10, 2020. The world is so different now. But the twenties are about to roar, amirite?

For the Mother Jones podcast, I discuss cancel (consequence) culture, among other things.

I am teaching a workshop on writing trauma at VONA this summer. Applications open on February 15th. Come learn with me, if you’re a writer of color.

There’s a great interview with February book club author Torrey Peters, up at Jezebel.

Register HERE to join us for the Audacious Book Club chat with Brandon Hobson on March 24th. It’s going to be a great conversation. Our online discussions also begin in a week.


Crystal Good has written an essay that will be all too familiar to black people in supposedly progressive circles.

My cousin has an amazing lab at Northwestern and here is an interview with him about his work.

I’ve been getting to know the work of Miriam Cahn for a piece I am writing and she is really interesting, unapologetically feminist and angry. I love to see it.

The Armie Hammer story is… dark. And his family has quite the history.

So much has been reshaped by the pandemic and over the past year, I have thought a lot about what it must be like to bring a new life into this damaged world. This essay by Sophie Gilbert begins to unpack some of that experience.

I love Lainey Gossip and what she had to say about Prince William’s weak ass claims of not being racist. Even more royal intrigue. And they call it The Firm. The Irish have one of the better pieces I’ve read about the royal conflagration. I am not sure Meghan Markle ever had a chance. Next week I am dropping an essay here about all this royal drama.

Steve Yeun is hot as hell and this is a great profile of the actor.

Marie Claire has rounded up 25 new memoirs worth reading including Ashley Ford’s Somebody’s Daughter, one of our book club selections. Speaking of Ashley, she profiled Stacey Abrams, also for Marie Claire.

Did you know you can monetize just about every aspect of your life? The future is creepy.

Over at her Substack, Anne Helen Petersen, who always has something interesting to say, wrote about the anti-church of Glennon Doyle.

I know we’re not supposed to say it but… the AUDACITY of this pastor telling women they need to look good for their husbands. The absolute nerve. And he holds a bible which, shockingly, does not burn in his hands.

There is a Real World reunion series the cast of the show’s first season. I loved that first season. The first several seasons, before the show became a parody of itself, were all quite good. Anyway, Judy Berman writes about what reality television could have been. As an aside, can you believe there have been 33 seasons of the show? It’s unreal, especially given how incoherent the show has been for at least five years now.

Dorothy Brown has written a book about racism and the tax code and she graces the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek.

E-mail is overwhelming most of us and, apparently, it is contributing to our collective misery.

Anytime women get good at something, men get threatened and suddenly women become witches. Even when it comes to brewing beer. History, man.

Keeping it real, I gasped when I heard J.Lo and ARod were breaking up. They seemed like a fun couple. And if he actually did get up to shenanigans with someone from Southern Charm, well, he deserved to be kicked to the curb. J.Lo is going to find a man (or woman) worthy of her someday.