Top 5: Email Newsletters You Need To Subscribe To
I feel like I'm quite late to the party on this one, but it's been such a joy over the past 6 months or so to finally realise the beauty of having my favourite writers / broadcasters / businesspeople send me emails straight to my inbox. Sure, they're not addressed to me alone, but there's something about a really well crafted newsletter that makes it feel like it has been. If, like me, you're new to the frankly boundless world of newslettering, here's a starter pack to get you going.
1. The Concept of Waffles by Ruby Tandoh
This isn’t the first time food writer and former Great British Bakeoff contestant Ruby Tandoh’s spectacular TinyLetter has made its way onto the Tung’s webpages, and I’m absolutely fine with it not being the last. Each of the ten emails that have graced my inbox since the letter’s inception have been as delicious as the last, containing musings on the sunny joy of a fried egg, the juicy burst of a clementine, the erotic possibilities of a peach. I’ve savoured each one, reading and re-reading, always with a carefully prepared snack by my side. They’ve also been an amazing primer for Ruby’s recently published book Eat Up, which I’ll be diving into next week.
For fans of: having seconds, glistening egg yolks, body positivity
2. The Roundup by Otegha Uwagba of WomenWho
Otegha is someone I look up to a lot as a business woman, a writer, and a speaker. The community she’s built over at WomenWho is formidable, and her Sunday Times Bestselling manifesto The Little Black Book: A Toolkit For Working Women has been a vital handbook for me over the past few months as I wrestle to set the parameters for my own work. Reading her weekly roundup is a great way to spend a Sunday evening - it’s full of helpful articles and interesting podcasts she’s picked up throughout the week, and is written with a self-reflexive intimacy that makes you feel like you’ve received an email from a supportive friend.
For fans of: having a work-mentor, women-led community, writing a banging CV
3. thank you notes by Justin Wolfe
Every day Justin Wolfe sends out a little letter describing what he’s been thankful for that day. The lil subheading on the thank you notes landing page is ‘presentness as grace? idk. notes of thanks everyday.’ I for one am thankful for that ‘idk’ because, as a person who struggles a bit wit earnestness, that really helped me connect to what is actually a really worthwhile exercise in mindfulness. The things Justin is thankful for can range being thankful that spilling his beer on the conference table didn’t actually matter that much, to being thankful for a beautiful new album from an artist he loves. It’s a great reminder not to get caught up in what’s going wrong, but to focus on what’s going right.
For fans of: mindfulness, diary-keeping, finding beauty in the everyday
4. Ann Friedman Weekly
I’ve known of (and loved!) Ann Friedman for a while as I’m a long time listener of Call Your Girlfriend, the podcast she hosts alongside Aminatou Sow, but my recent introduction to her weekly newsletter has been a real revelation. It’s an absolute joy for anyone who loves to binge on articles and other internet paraphernalia hand-picked by a human you trust to show you stuff that matters. For an extra $5 total, you can get extra content - e.g. a pie chart demystifying the stats you really should know, e.g. one about snacks marketed to women. What’s not to like.
For fans of: knowing what the f is going on on the internet, gifs, pie charts
5. Grief Bacon by Helena Fitzgerald
If you like beautifully articulated essays on pretty much any topic ever (and I mean - who doesn’t?), then Grief Bacon by Helena Fitzgerald is the newsletter for you. It’s sent out once a month, give or take, and you never know what you’re going to get. It might be a love letter to San Francisco, or it might be a musing on the relatability of Hillary Clinton, a working mum just like Helena’s. Whatever it is, you can count on the piece being written with nuance and the good kind of self-awareness.
For fans of: personal essays, candid writing, crying in public
6 (a bonus track). The Tung Newsletter
Yep, that's right. We at The Tung have our own Newsletter! We send it out every Monday packed full with ideas about what to do with your week, and all of our trending pieces from the week before. It's a work in progress, but subscribe here and watch it grow!
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