A weekly conversation with a non-fiction writer about how they got their start and how they tell stories. Co-produced by Longform and The Atavist.
United States
365 episodes
since Aug. 6, 2012


Sloane Crosley is the author of I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number. Her latest essay collection is Look Alive Out There. “The more extreme things get in reality, the more extreme escapism has to be. It’s like Game of Thrones or bust. But in reality, I think that part of what I’m trying to do with this book, or in anything I write, is to give permission to be mad about little things. Just because there’s all of this, someone still slid their hand down a subway pole and touched you. Or somebody bumped into you. There are still these minor indignities and infractions that occur consistently. And I think there’s some sort of robbing if you tell yourself, Well, I’m not going to be mad about this because of the political landscape that we’re in.” Thanks to MailChimp, Squarespace, The Great Courses Plus, and @askanyone Crosley on Longform [11:20] ”Goodbye, Columbus” (Village Voice • 2004) [14:15] Read Bottom Up: A Novel (Riverhead Books • 2016) [22:00] I Was Told There’d Be Cake: Essays (Dey Street Books • 2008) [25:50] Look Alive Out There: Essays (MCD • 2018) [26:00] "A Dog Named Humphrey" (Believer Magazine • June 2012) [26:00] Outside Voices (New Yorker • 2018) [26:00] Up the Down Volcano (Kindle Single • 2011) [26:00] "Light Pollution" (Vice • May 2010) [36:15] "My Uncle, The 70s Porn Star" (Esquire • Apr 2018) [37:47] "The Doctor Is a Woman" (The Cut • 2018) [43:25] "Spin the Globe: Sloane Crosley in Ecuador" (Afar • Nov 2011) [46:00] "All Aboard the Good Ship Self-Care" (Vogue • Mar 2019) [53:45] "Living in Print: David Sedaris and Sloane Crosley in Conversation” [1:02:30] "Laura Dern’s Big Little Truths" (Vanity Fair • Feb 2019) [1:02:30] "The Art of the Real Starring Stormy Daniels" (Playboy • Dec 2018) [1:02:30] "The Dr. Ruth You Don't Know" (InStyle • May 2019)
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