Trust that the simplest words are the words that are most true.

Posted on 18 February 2012

Those of you who read Dear Sugar know all about her coming out party on Valentine’s Day, and are well aware that our Sugar is author Cheryl Strayed. You are surely already familiar with her most popular columns, like Write Like a Motherfucker, How You Get Unstuck, and The Baby Bird. But have you seen this? At Sugar’s coming out party, she read a new column, “Tiny Beautiful Sleepless Nights,” which is something of a tribute to her Sugar followers (and is based on her beloved Tiny Beautiful Things). Check it out:

And look! It’s Sugar uncropped:

Finally, here are a few of my favorite Sugar columns: The Empty Bowl, Ten Angry Boys, The Future Has an Ancient Heart, and her final answer in The Ordinary Miraculous.

How do you say thank you? (Aside from pre-ordering WILD, that is?)

5 responses to Trust that the simplest words are the words that are most true.

  • Lyn Hawks says:


    Just what I needed. A spoonful of Sugar–unknown to me before your post. The Future Has an Ancient Heart healed this English major up tonight.


  • lisahgolden says:

    Thank you for sharing that video! I hadn’t seen it yet. So had you guessed right? I hadn’t a clue, but finding out about it the next morning still felt a little like Christmas morning.

  • Lyra says:

    What a wonderful human being she is. Listening to her read that letter, I couldn’t help smiling. So real, so sincere, just like her column.
    Thanks for sharing this.

  • Teri says:

    I adore Cheryl Strayed…..

  • Jennifer says:

    Thanks for posting this, I hadn’t seen it.

    I’m envious of those who didn’t know Sugar until now. They get to read all the columns and experience that beauty for the first time. I can always re-read them, but there is nothing quite like the first taste of Sugar.

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