The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
Very rarely do I have a particular book in mind to buy — I like to discover. Sometimes a cover will draw me in, other times I’ll read the jacket a bunch of times before finally pulling the trigger.
I almost always enjoy my random finds. This one was a surprise; at first I wasn’t sure about it because of a weird Entertainment Weekly review on the back(🤔) but it turned out to be one of those books that makes me think, “I’m never gonna write like that.” 19th Century Paris. Opera. Historical characters mixed with fictional ones, and the most vivid, detailed descriptions of places & moods & fancy fancy gowns. Chee has a delightful rhythm, and the book is structured like an opera.
Samantha Pollack writes creative copy (mostly emails) for feminist companies and/or thought leaders who are working to build a fairer, more connected culture. She’s also the founder of The Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur, a 6-week course that helps HSP business owners create healthier, more sustainable systems in their work.
She publishes frequent essays on feminism, privilege, pop culture, entrepreneurship, the creative process, and more on her website, cultofpersonality.co. She currently lives in Asheville, NC, and while she can *technically* work from anywhere, she prefers her adventures laptop-free.
Emails for cult thought leaders.
Want to learn how to craft emails that inspire action and engagement WITHOUT the “tried and true” (cough: patriarchal) norms we’ve all been taught?
I’m doing it, and I can show you how to do it, too.
(But sometimes, I also like to write about the books I’m reading, or the creative process, or the entrepreneurial experience, or why I hate Steve Jobs, or how I met my BFF. I’ll send you emails like that, too.)
*Just kidding. It’s only an email list.
Books. Cats. Rants. Drawrings.
(and every couple months or so, an unexplained absence 🤷🏻)