Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
What a weird, short, quirky story that I absolutely *adored*, and never told you about here on IG for some reason. I listened to this audiobook in the Before Times, December 2019, and it was a sleeper fave.
I highly recommend the audiobook for this one, because Marin Ireland effin NAILS it—it’s like you made a cool rebellious friend who rocks Chuck Taylors and steals food from the grocery store where she works, and you’re hanging out drinking whiskey with her while she’s telling you the most BANANAS story.
I feel like the tone & humor might be hard to translate if you just read it on the page (or the screen, whatevs). This is a very dry, crackly humor that I think needs to be performed in order to “get” it. I 🔥burned 🔥through the audiobook in two days (see what I did there?) and couldn’t stop thinking about it when I was finished.
It’s a feel-good story, kinda like ‘The Good Place’ vibes but with children who catch on fire when they’re upset. You know! But it’s also a commentary on class, wealth, and what happens when you don’t fit into other people’s plans.
And it’s just so DIFFERENT and weird… that’s probably the best thing about it. The premise—“fire children”—what? is so left field, but the book’s biggest triumph (and I think the reason it feels so unexpected) is that Lillian, our cool rebel narrator, just handles it, even though she’s right there with us, like, “Fire children? What?”
If you haven’t read this one yet, I envy you. Have fun.
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 🤷🏻)