About Us

Tasteful Rude is a weekly magazine edited by Myriam Gurba that publishes criticism, analysis, and commentary about earthly things, including, but by no means limited to, art, culture, technology, religion, politics and (the ever nebulous) more. Tasteful Rude’s editorial voice eschews politeness in favor of truth-seeking and fun. It is Tasteful Rude’s mission to abide by Edward’s Said’s commandment: “Criticism must think of itself as life-enhancing and constitutively opposed to every form of tyranny, domination, and abuse; its social goals are noncoercive knowledge produced in the interests of human freedom.”

About Our Name

Yes, our name is a flesh-toned play on words. We chose it because we think it does a decent job of throwing down the subjective gauntlet. “Tasteful” and “rude” are both social constructs and we aim to unify them in thrilling ways.

About Myriam Gurba

Myriam Gurba is the editor-in-chief of Tasteful Rude. She is also the author of the memoir Mean, a New York Times editors’ choice. O, the Oprah Magazine, ranked Mean as one of the best LGBTQ books of all time and Publishers’ Weekly describes Gurba as having a voice like no other. Her essays and criticism have appeared in the Paris Review, TIME.com, and the Believer. Gurba has been known to call shitty writers pendejas and has no qualms about it. Along with Roberto Lovato and David Bowles, she co-founded Dignidad Literaria, a grassroots literary organization that seeks to revolutionize publishing. 

photo by Geoff Cordner