This week’s guest is the witty and wise Sloane Crosley. Having followed her essay writing for years, it was such a thrill and honor to her have her in the studio talking about her first novel, The Clasp. In usual Lit Up style we start talking about the book and how it was inspired Guy de Maupassant’s short story “The Necklace”, but end up talking about so much more: what it feels like to struggle with those ‘what have I done with my life?’ questions that hit us hard around 30, and why we women have to quit our reflex of saying sorry all the time when we’re not really sorry.
Here at Lit Up we believe that all ships rise together. In that spirit every week we will give a shout out to our sister literary pod on the west coast, The Los Angeles Review of Books Radio Hour (actually a half hour, but they’re aspirational) hosted by LARB editor-in-chief Tom Lutz, fiction editor Laurie Winer, and author Seth Greenland. This week we are featuring their interview with LA writer Nina Revoyr, best known for a novel called Southland from 2003 that focuses on racial dynamics in LA, and her latest novel is Lost Canyon, which takes place in the sierra mountains. Check out her episode here.
SLOANE CROSLEY is the author of The New York Times bestselling essay collections, I Was Told There’d Be Cake (Riverhead Books, 2008), How Did You Get This Number (Riverhead Books, 2010) and the e-book Up The Down Volcano (2011). She served as editor of The Best American Travel Writing series (Mariner Books, 2011) and has contributed to a variety of anthologies. She is featured in The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion (2011) and The Best American Nonrequired Reading (2011). I Was Told There’d Be Cake was a finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor.
Sloane’s work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Bon Appetit, Playboy, Elle, W, Salon, The New York Times Book Review, New York Magazine, Vice, The Believer, The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, The Guardian and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” She was the inaugural columnist for The New York Times Op-Ed “Townies” series. She has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Village Voice, The New York Observer, a contributing editor at Black Book and is currently a contributing editor at Interview Magazine. In 2011, she wrote a weekly column for The Independent in the UK. Her fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s and Esopus.