Episode 31 - Sloane Crosley: Part 1


Sloane Crosley is a journalist, essayist and now, thanks to her bright and funny debut The Clasp, a novelist. Sloane took a break from her home city New York to visit London and talk about the challenge of shifting gears from non-fiction to fiction. We began however with her own career as an interviewer, when she recalled a nightmare encounter with The Strokes' Julian Casablancas.

From there, we moved to:

  • the difference between Crosley the essays and Crosley the novelist
  • her first (and diabolical) unpublished novel: 'Nothing really happens'
  • the importance of plot: 'I knew I didn't want a navel-gazing novel'
  • what kind of book did Crosley want to write?
  • 'I am a relatively rare bird in that I am a social writer'
  • how vineyards and egg-timers helped Crosley finish The Clasp
  • the importance of editing
  • The Clasp: a summary
  • Guy de Maupassant
  • Maupassant's 'The Necklace' and the importance of short stories
  • real and The Clasp

Part Two to Follow.

Sloane Crosley's website is: here.

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