The Audacious Roundup

For the week of May 17th

I am excited for our conversation with Kaitlyn Greenidge. Register now. Our discussion threads begin on Monday!

Next month’s discussion will be with Gabriela Garcia on June 24th. I will post the registration link here, in the first week of June. Our live chats will continue as they always have. The discussion threads will be hosted on Literati which will be hosting the book club moving forward.

This week in our emerging writer series, Deep-Rooted by Jeneé Skinner.


Miscast 21 was a delight, as the show is every year.

Andrew Reginald Hairston writes about being a “Husky Boy,” learning to live comfortably in his body and fight the stigma of fatphobia.

This story of the murder of a male model, Harry Uzoka, is… haunting and so very sad, because it’s also a story about toxic masculinity, and the unnecessary competition created in industries that take shallow approaches to diversity & inclusion.

The American health system remains broken and when it comes to dental care, that break is even more pronounced.

The pandemic has kept us away from our enemies. What has it not taken from us?

A rave review for Ashley Ford’s Somebody’s Daughter, which we will be reading, soon in the Audacious Book Club.

Jodie Turner Smith is playing Anne Boleyn in a new BBC series which is a really interesting. She is profiled in British Glamour.

I have a lot of opinions about Nikole Hannah-Jones’s denial of tenure at UNC but overall, it is raggedy and if a Pulitzer and a MacArthur grant cannot get you tenure, nothing can.

Nail salon workers were particularly hard hit by the pandemic. This article looks into how they’ve been handling such a sharp downturn in livelihood.

It’s that time of year again—the bad sex awards and whew. The bad sex is really bad.

Little Island, a park on the Hudson River, has been under construction forever, but now, it is finally ready!

The senseless brutality of law enforcement is… simply beyond.

Banks are so ridiculously predatory that sometimes it seems like parody which, unfortunately, it isn’t.

Some summer romance reading recommendations.

Saeed Jones wrote a poem for Paul Mooney, who passed away this week.

A fellowship for Puerto Rican writers.

A profile of the incredible Deesha Philyaw who is having a Very Good Year as her collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies.

Lil Jon has a home improvement show coming and I for one am thrilled. What? OKAAYYYYYY! YEAAHHHHH!

Men are crying about women writing books. Again.

Kindergartners asked so many questions that the man who hijacked their bus gave up. They are undefeated.

Brian Broome’s memoir Punch Me Up to the Gods is out this week and it has a lovely review in The New York Times.

On the blandness of Tik Tok’s luminaries.

An essay from Myriam Gurba about her cousin, trauma, history and much more.

On how Barry Jenkins made a television show about slavery without traumatizing his cast.

NOPE.

Marjorie Taylor Greene is that evil coworker who harasses you until you lose your mind. She is a pestilence and it is appalling that there are no consequences for her abusive behavior.

On ballet’s labor practices.

The MET is coming back to life, but… there are issues.

This piece on Tom and Erika Girardi was… a lot. I totally forgot that Tom was the Erin Brockovich lawyer. So much scamming.

An essay from Kristen Radtke on loneliness.

A short story by Morgan Thomas.

I’ve seen Jean Smart in some amazing roles in the past couple years. I love when women have career renaissances.

How they make sound effects is so interesting.

Wait. What?

There’s a whole thing about the guy who says he invented Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

I’ve always been curious about Esperanto. In high school, I tried to learn how to speak it thinking I was going to have an amazing and valuable skill.

A short story by Esmé Weijun Wang.

Alexander Chee is such an elegant writer, of both fiction and nonfiction. In this essay he writes about Taekwondo, his father, and who he became.