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Laugh-Out-Loud Funny and Scary as Hell,
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This review is from: Up the Down Volcano (Kindle Single) (Kindle Edition)
I absolutely loved this essay, in which Sloane Crosley accidentally raises the stakes on her well-documented ability to find herself in absurd situations. This time, our heroine gets herself into grave trouble, having casually decided to go mountain-climbing on a moment's notice while on an unrelated magazine assignment in Quito, Ecuador (you can't do that, you see, because of a thing called "altitude sickness," something Crosley reminds us and herself over and over, she would know, had she even bothered to Google the idea before embarking on the trip.)
"Up the Down Volcano" is laugh-out-loud funny tale told expertly but with a red face - one almost gets the sense Crosley would truly rather not share it - but her embarrassment is our gain. I actually felt kind of guilty for enjoying this so much - there isn't a single sentence that isn't either hilarious or terrifying (mostly hilarious), because it sounds like it was an absolute and total nightmare. (I kept thinking "Oh my god: I would *die*!")
As a huge fan of "I Was Told There'd Be Cake" and "How Did You Get This Number," this is probably my favorite of Crosley's work so far.
(Also a note on Kindle Singles in general: I don't have a Kindle, but I read this on my laptop with the free Kindle app, and it was surprisingly pleasant, with none of the annoyances of reading a long piece on the internet.)