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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Another Case for Sloane Crosley

posted by on April 10 at 11:05 AM

Two posts about one author within a an hour of each other may be a bit excessive, but I just bumbled across the official website for Sloane Crosley’s book, I Was Told There’d Be Cake. Apparently, you can’t release a book from a major publisher anymore without having a website, and so Crosley had to figure out what to do for content. She wound up making a bunch of dioramas based on her essays, and then wrote an essay about creating the dioramas for the website. Here’s one diorama, illustrating a story about volunteering for a butterfly exhibit at a museum:


And here’s a (perhaps too-whimsical) video based on the opening story in Cake. The story is about having a drawer full of toy ponies because, early in relationships, men would ask Crosley what she wanted and she’d reply “A pony.” The men would invariably, thinking that they were incredibly original, give her a toy pony, which would wind up in a drawer with all the other incredibly original toy ponies. Finally, after imagining people discovering the drawer if she suddenly dropped dead, she decided to get rid of the ponies.

I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley from Book Videos on Vimeo.

In conclusion,
I think I’m in love with Sloane Crosley

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Didn't Milton in Office Space say "I was told there would be cake"? Does she talk about Office Space in her book?

Posted by comedy central viewer | April 10, 2008 12:11 PM

He does and no, I don't think she does. I'm not exactly sure where the name comes from, to be honest.

Posted by Paul Constant | April 10, 2008 5:00 PM

But... but... why is men giving women ponies unoriginal, but women asking for ponies is not? I always give ponies to my girlfriends who ask for ponies. And they always ask for ponies!

Posted by Ivan Cockrum | April 11, 2008 8:14 AM

I think he almost says it. But i went to the reading and heard her talk about it because someone asked, actually. It's'not from office space but it's'not in the book either because she felt it put an undue spotlight on one single story/essay. Logical. Oh and: i'm a bit in love with her too. I feel bad about all the internet crap she's'getting for being hot. Well, not too bad :)

The reading wasn't sara vowell but damn damn"s'pretty awesome.

Posted by jordan raliegh | April 12, 2008 5:31 PM

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