On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Ocean Vuong just wrung me out. There is so much beauty in his writing, so many little turns of phrase that made me stop and reread, my mind and heart utterly still for a beat as I took in what he was saying and how he was saying it, my soul cracking in two. Love and grief and beauty and trauma and grandmothers and first loves and racism and Tiger Woods and the Vietnam War and sweetness and abuse and addiction and opioids and identity and mothers and grandfathers and what it means to be a writer, and I’m so glad I purchased this book instead of checking it out from the library, because I will be reading and rereading it forever.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a writer’s book. Ocean Vuong is a poet. I’m speechless.
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 🤷🏻)