The Audacious Roundup

For the week of June 21

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.

Speaking of… Debbie wrote a beautiful essay about her journey to queerness and coming out at 50. You can read it in the Washington Post magazine.

Our next book selection is The Five Wounds by Kirstin Valdez Quade.

You can register here for that conversation on July 27th.

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.

On Hear to Slay this week, Tressie and I spoke with author Ashley Ford about her memoir Somebody’s Daughter, a future Audacious Book Club selection.

I had the opportunity to appear on one of my favorite podcasts, All Fantasy Everything and this time we drafted the Fast & Furious franchise.

Meg Pillow wrote a lovely essay on the ways we codify memory.


TOMO is an awesome leash and collar system created by some really great folks. They have a Kickstarter and you can support it here, and get you a new leash/collar/harness.

A UC San Diego graduate, her parents, and the photographs that honor the work all three did to make her graduation possible. A reminder of the inequality in this country and how damn hard so many people work.

Joni Mitchel’s Blue is fifty years old and she talks about her life and career with Cameron Crowe.

Defensive lineman Carl Nassib has come out as gay! And he’s an active player in the NFL. Good for him.

There was a redneck rave, apparently, and it didn’t end well.

Summer reading.

Have you ever wondered what something cost at some point in the past? An inflation calculator can help you.

Doreen St. Felix reviews Ziwe’s new show. I am not sure how I feel about the show but it is beautifully produced and often funny and Ziwe is very charismatic.

D.C. is back in business, I guess.

Amazon’s self-publishing business is a breeding ground for hate. Regulation matters!

Rachel Lindsay writes about her experiences as the bachelorette now that she has had some time and distance.

A conversation with Brandon Taylor whose short story collection Filthy Animals is out this week.

The implosion of the Golden Globes.

The song “Jerusalema” is so catchy!

Snow birds are getting younger.

56 LGBTQ bookstores! I have been to some of these and hope to visit many more.

This piece discusses how if restaurant owners can build outdoor accommodations pretty much overnight, they can also make sure their businesses are ADA compliant. And they’re right.

Power to the people!

LOL! What is RGIII doing????

Antwaun Sargent’s first show at Gagosian, Social Works, is up until August. I hope I get back in time to see it but if you’re in NYC, definitely go check it out.

Truly, free Britney! How she has been treated is appalling.