Sloane Crosley, according to her bio on the back of the book,
wrote the cover story for the worst-selling issue of Maxim in the magazine's
history. Chances are if she's broadcasting that fact, she'll put all her foibles
on display and make us laugh at them along with her. Add that to the
publisher's comparison that Crosley is a 21st century David Sedaris and Dorothy
Parker, and the reader is prepared for a sly and humorous collection of essays.
While Crosley shows her youth, she lives up to the hype, taking the minutiae of
everyday life and injecting it with her unique humor. She is a person to whom
crazy things happen, like being locked out of her old and new apartments on the
same day, or finding feces on her bathroom floor after a dinner party.
As she humorously describes situations that people can relate to, like the first
real job after...
Beyond the Book
Did you know?
In addition to being a writer, Sloane Crosley (30 years old this August)
holds a full-time job as a publicist for Vintage Books, a division of Random
House, in New York where she has worked with Joan Didion, Toni Morrison,
Jonathan Lethem and Dave Eggers, among others.
In the winter of 2004, Crosley emailed a group of friends about the story that
later became "Fuck You, Columbus." One of the recipients of this email was an
editor at The Village Voice. He told her that if she made it a little tighter
and wrote an introduction, he would publish it. That was the start of her essay
career. Prior to this, she had only written longer fiction (unpublished), but
fell in love with essay writing.
I Was Told...