Tarzan Kay

<tarzan@tarzankay.com>

November 28, 2023

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ChatGPT does this better than me

Today I’m writing a new sales page for Email Stars. It’s due with my designer Gigi on Friday so I’m hauling ass. 

I dredged up the first-ever sales page for Email Stars, which was written by an Email Stars alumni (p.s. I outsource copy sometimes) but it is exactly Tarzan circa 2018. 

Holy Time Warp. 

One of the more interesting observations was how heavily I leaned on my star power and rags-to-riches story. Then it literally said, “If I can do it, so can you,” which was patently untrue, not unless you could afford $400 sequin Chanel pants and name-drop famous private clients, or travel internationally to speak on their stages for free. 

Oh, how far I’ve come! 

I still love expensive clothes—that’s a $100 t-shirt I bought in Paris, if you care to know—but I care a lot less about performing success and suggesting people should be like me. 

Telling people who they should be is super cult-y! And anyway our differences are far more interesting. So today I thought I’d share a little more of “the real everyday Tarzan” with my favorite type of email: LIST OF THINGS! 

(My bestie K-Oh loves writing emails like this, but apparently she got the idea from me first.)

What life looks like rn:

Driving 4.5 hours to Ohio to save $400 on a night at Great Wolf Lodge

Drinking Relyte every day because it cures headaches

Candy Crush Soda every night (level 1335, baby)

Microdosing ketamine

Going to therapy

Raking leaves, a never ending job that literally lasts forever

Embracing the fact that “literally” can also mean the opposite (even Miriam-Webster acknowledges this)

Watching the entire Pitch Perfect series for the first time

Canceling my Prime membership and impulse-buying a bit less 

Tequila nightcaps

Pronouncing Asana “Ah-sana” but only sometimes

Rediscovering the entire back catalog of a record label called Tzadik

Having ChatGPT write my alt text —it does a way better job!

Eating lasagna for breakfast

A habit I plan to break soon: going to bed with my phone to listen to Game of Thrones while playing Candy Crush 

Three newsletters I love that aren’t about online business:

TL;DR by WealthSimple, a financial newsletter full of smart graphs and bad puns

Marcus Pork,”Welcome to my Fashion Designs I am 34. Are you infected with LGBTQ? I hope so, because I’ve designed some inclusive fashions for you.”

The Donut, where I get my daily news 

Something useful I found on the internet: Words About War: A language guide for discussing war and foreign policy

A book I’m struggling to get through: The Tragedy of Heterosexuality by Jane Ward (interesting but reads like a doctoral thesis)

There you have it. The Real Tarzan. 

Even if you don’t share much personally with your own email list, it’s fun to let subscribers in a bit. Everybody likes a peekaboo at the minutiae of other people’s lives. Why not try it?

Your turn. 

Send me your lists, I want to read them. 

XOT

P.S. 

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