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Sloane Crosley's five favorite underrated books


Sloane Crosley’s favorite underrated books are written by people like Jim Shepard, who she compares to “literary Pringles,” and Jancee Dunn, who gives advice to could-be music journalists. Check out what else the author picked below:


Sloane Crosley on her new Kindle Single and how bad experiences make for funny stories

Book publicist turned best-selling author Sloane Crosley doesn’t have a new book coming out any time soon, but for those of us who are eager for more of her hilarious, perceptive observations, it’s lucky she’s gotten into the digital publishing game. Up the Down Volcano, Crosley’s first full-length essay since the publication of her second collection How Did You Get This Number, is available exclusively on Amazon as a Kindle Single. This hilarious yet harrowing account of summiting the Ecuadorian stratovolcano Cotopaxi — Crosley-style — reads more like an epic than her previous works, yet it retains her signature brand of intelligent humor, which stems from keen observation and honest self-assessment. EW caught up with this busy writer to talk about her new Single, the ways digital publishing can resemble the music industry, Arrested Development, and a lot more.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I laughed out loud while reading “Up the Down Volcano,” but I was also very conscious of the fact that your experience couldn’t have been funny when you were going through it. Are many of the experiences you write about only funny in retrospect?
SLOANE CROSLEY: Yes. Those generally make for better stories. I think that if you can see the humor while it’s happening – this is cliché – you’re tempted to not live in the moment, or it’s already fermenting into a story in your mind as it’s happening. You start mentally taking notes; that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t come out as funny or a worthwhile story on the other side, but for me personally, it’s more rewarding if there’s something [deeper] going on. Part of me thinks that it’s a defense mechanism that takes the pressure off of just trying to be funny, but most of me thinks that’s where people need humor the most, both as readers and as writers. READ FULL STORY

Sloane Crosley has practically written a third book by now

Sloane-CrosleyImage Credit: Henry S. Dziekan III/Getty ImagesEver since I read her first insightful, funny collection of essays, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, I haven’t been able to get enough of Sloane Crosley. In moments of boredom, I sometimes scour the Internet for mentions, profiles, or any interviews she’s given. I find her endlessly fascinating. Sloane has broad appeal, I’m sure, but to me, she’s like my nonexistent cool older sister’s even cooler best friend. She’s 32 now to my 25, and I look to her as an example of someone who’s made the transition from clueless upstart to real New York publishing power player in the most enviable fashion. Sloane’s absolutely gorgeous —  shiny hair, a great figure, and an ample posterior–but it’s clear from reading her work and hearing her speak that she’s gotten to where she is by being smart, hard-working, and really, really nice. But I love that she’s no Girl Scout, either. By her own admission in Cake, her early-twenty-something self seems to have been way flakier than I ever was or currently am, yet she managed to grow up and eventually have it all: She kicked serious ass at her day job as book publicist extraordinaire, wrote two best-selling essay collections in her spare time, and is now adapting her own work for an HBO pilot. Plus, she does well at fancy parties and seems to go out more nights than she doesn’t. Do I need to explain any more why she’s my hero? READ FULL STORY

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