“In June, the monsoons hit Bangladesh. Chinese police discovered slaves in a brickwork factory who couldn’t be sent home because they were too traumatized to remember anything but their own names, and Dr. Kevorkian was released from prison. In other news, I moved in with my parents.” That's how we meet Esther Kohler, the twenty-something star of Leigh Stein's debut novel The Fallback Plan. The book follows Esther through the summer of her discontent — she's out of school, uncertain, and babysitting for a family that's just lost a child. It offers a glimpse at a generation of young people who have no idea what to do next — [...]
Dear Judy Blume,
Do you remember your book Wifey? I mean, of course you remember it, you wrote it! But I wanted to ask you about one part in Wifey that really stuck with me, and I was hoping you could explain. Do you remember how you had the woman use a tampon even though it wasn't her lady time, but because she wanted to not wear underwear, because she didn't want to, I don't know, go all Old Faithful on the other party guests? I assume you remember that part because you wrote it. Well, I don't get it. I didn't get it then, but I figured it [...]
As the editor of The Best American Travel Writing 2011 (out today), Sloane Crosley is an incidental authority on traveling tunes. So we hopped on to Turntable.fm to talk to the author of New York Times bestsellers I Was Told There'd Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number about music, traveling, and what you should listen to when you're running from the police.
Sloane Crosley started playing "Starry Eyed" by Ellie Goulding
Melissa Locker: Is this song on your road trip driving mix? Sloane Crosley: Actually, it's not. I just put a bunch of stuff up in here, some of which was played on [...]