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Look Alive Out There: Essays (2018 original; edició 2018)

de Sloane Crosley (Autor)

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The characteristic heart and punch-packing observations are back, but with a newfound coat of maturity. A thin coat. More of a blazer, really. Fans of I Was Told There'd Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number know Sloane Crosley's life as a series of relatable but madcap misadventures. In Look Alive Out There, whether it's scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas, playing herself on Gossip Girl, befriending swingers, or squinting down the barrel of the fertility gun, Crosley continues to rise to the occasion with unmatchable nerve and electric one-liners. And as her subjects become more serious, her essays deliver not just laughs but lasting emotional heft and insight. Crosley has taken up the gauntlets thrown by her predecessors--Dorothy Parker, Nora Ephron, David Sedaris--and crafted something rare, affecting, and true. Look Alive Out There arrives on the tenth anniversary of I Was Told There'd be Cake, and Crosley's essays have managed to grow simultaneously more sophisticated and even funnier. And yet she's still very much herself, and it's great to have her back--and not a moment too soon (or late, for that matter).… (més)
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Títol:Look Alive Out There: Essays
Autors:Sloane Crosley (Autor)
Informació:Macmillan USA (2018), 256 pages
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Entertaining essays. ( )
  SarahMac314 | Aug 12, 2022 |
I never know if essayists live more interesting lives than most people or if they just write their lives more interestingly. This one is probably a bit of both. Not everyone's cousin is a legendary porn stand-in, or has a bit part on Gossip Girl, but everyone in NYC has noisy neighbors. From these premises Crosley spins funny, profound stories. A David Sedaris comparison is apt. Probably she's less cynical than Sedaris, but no less honest. The humor is more in the language with Crosley.

For me, the least successful piece in the collection was also, unfortunately, the longest. Crosley is assigned a magazine travel piece. She goes to Ecuador and decides to go climb the second tallest volcano in the world even though she has no mountaineering experience. It's very "gringa goes south of the border" which is no less offensive of a shtick even if she's aware of the dynamic. More to the point, there are lots of opportunities to not go on the obviously dangerous climb, but she keeps going and gets into a potentially fatal situation. It's a situation with a lot of tragicomic potential, and she wrings every bit out of it. The moment where the life-or-death stakes of the situation become apparent is probably supposed to be harrowing for a reader, but I just had zero sympathy for her because for no good reason other than "I am writing a piece and it would be cool," does she continue on. It's a bad reason to die IMHO.

If you read one essay in the collection, read the last one, which is about Crosley deciding to freeze her eggs. It is an incredible piece of writing.
  trotta | Mar 4, 2021 |
Prior to reading this book of essays, I had never heard of Sloane Crosley. I chose to read it based on the glowing professional reviews. The reader reviews on Amazon were equally positive. I found the writing to be excellent. The essays are Dave Barry funny. My guess is Crosley is considered a writer who appeals more to women than men,and the balance of Amazon reviews supports that. Having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed each essay. It’s a quick one or two sitting read, good especially for reading between longer, more serious books. ( )
  DanDiercks | Jun 22, 2019 |
I really like Sloane Crosley. I was really happy to crack this collection of essays open. My favorite of her stories are the ones where life is going along and then just evolves into the absurd or embarrassing. I really can relate to her in those moments. Her writing is crisp - her wit is sharp. I think she is one of my favorite current writers. ( )
  alanna1122 | Jun 6, 2019 |
Sloane Crosley’s latest collection of essays, Look Alive Out There, combines comical anecdotes with some more heartfelt and personal stories. Crosley uses her sharp wit in describing her adventures as a typical New Yorker dealing with neighbor issues, a journalist stretched beyond her comfort zone in exotic locales, a guest on a popular television show, and a woman reckoning with fertility concerns. Some of the essays are funnier than others, but all might strike a chord of familiarity in those who use humor to cope with insecurity and life’s uncertainties. ( )
  jnmegan | Aug 13, 2018 |
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The characteristic heart and punch-packing observations are back, but with a newfound coat of maturity. A thin coat. More of a blazer, really. Fans of I Was Told There'd Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number know Sloane Crosley's life as a series of relatable but madcap misadventures. In Look Alive Out There, whether it's scaling active volcanoes, crashing shivas, playing herself on Gossip Girl, befriending swingers, or squinting down the barrel of the fertility gun, Crosley continues to rise to the occasion with unmatchable nerve and electric one-liners. And as her subjects become more serious, her essays deliver not just laughs but lasting emotional heft and insight. Crosley has taken up the gauntlets thrown by her predecessors--Dorothy Parker, Nora Ephron, David Sedaris--and crafted something rare, affecting, and true. Look Alive Out There arrives on the tenth anniversary of I Was Told There'd be Cake, and Crosley's essays have managed to grow simultaneously more sophisticated and even funnier. And yet she's still very much herself, and it's great to have her back--and not a moment too soon (or late, for that matter).

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