More sharp, hilarious essays from Crosley
By LINCEE RAY
“Look Alive Out There: Essays” (MCD/FSG), by Sloane Crosley
Established writer and best-selling author Sloane Crosley is back with a second book of essays. Ten years after the debut of “I Was Told There’d Be Cake,” Crosley delivers 16 new stories with her trademark sense of humor and wit.
“Look Alive Out There” is a book about accepting whatever life may throw your way. Through personal anecdotes, Crosley invites readers to first laugh at her extenuating circumstances and then join her as the crazy, unimaginable details unfold. We trudge through the tales of an obnoxious teenage neighbor in New York and a mountain climbing trip gone terribly wrong in Ecuador. Readers follow along as Crosley interviews her ’70s porn-star uncle, learns to navigate vertigo and addresses the ailments of an epileptic dog.
Although the book is peppered with a variety of essay lengths and topics, one thing remains true: Crosley’s voice is original, sophisticated and full of humor. Look no further than the stories about the British man who stole her website identity or the hippie couple who invited her to participate in amorous activities. Through all of these outlandish ordeals, it’s plain to see why Crosley has been compared to both Nora Ephron and David Sedaris.