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Publisher Comments:

Praise for Megan Stielstra's Everyone Remain Calm:

"Stielstra—collector, curator, and facilitator of so many stories—also writes beautifully and kinetically. Her work possesses a rare aural quality, no doubt the result of so much time on stage, or even in front of a classroom."Time Out Chicago

"The recent work of writer Megan Stielstra is an emblematic example of the hybridity that characterizes new short work infused with online elements. . . . In the collection's captivating short story 'I Am the Keymaster,' Stielstra's protagonist uses a distinctly digital mechanism—Craigslist—to approach a thoroughly corporeal problem—a need to secure affordable birth-control pills."—Toronto Review of Books

With storytelling chops honed over a decade of performances at Chicago's 2nd Story storytelling series, these insightful, compassionate, gutsy, and heartbreaking personal essays explore the messy, maddening beauty of adulthood with wit, intelligence, and biting humor, tackling topics ranging from beating postpartum depression through stalking to a surprising run-in with an old lover at the symphony while on ecstasy.

Megan Stielstra is the author of Everyone Remain Calm and the literary director of the 2nd Story storytelling series. She's told stories for all sorts of theaters, festivals, and bars, including The Goodman, The Steppenwolf, and The Museum of Contemporary Art. Her writing has appeared in Best American Essays, the Rumpus, the Nervous Breakdown, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Columbia College Chicago.

Synopsis:

Insightful, compassionate, gutsy, and heartbreaking personal essays exploring the messy, maddening beauty of adulthood with wit, intelligence, and biting humor.

Synopsis:

In these insightful, compassionate, gutsy, and heartbreaking personal essays, Stielstra, whose essay “Channel B” was recently featured in Best American Essays 2013 edited by Cheryl Strayed, explores the messy, maddening beauty of adulthood with wit, intelligence, and biting humor.

The essays in Once I Was Cool tackle topics ranging from beating postpartum depression by stalking her neighbor, to a surprise run-in with an old lover while on ecstasy, to blowing her mortgage on a condo she bought because of Jane's Addiction. Or, said another way, they tackle life in all of its quotidian richness.

About the Author

Megan Stielstra is the author of Everyone Remain Calm and the Literary Director of the 2nd Story storytelling series. Shes told stories for all sorts of theaters, festivals, and bars including The Goodman, The Steppenwolf, and The Museum of Contemporary Art. Her writing has appeared in Best American Essays 2013, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Columbia College Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781940430027
Author:
Stielstra, Megan
Publisher:
Curbside Splendor Publishing
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Humor-Anthologies
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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Insightful, compassionate, gutsy, and heartbreaking personal essays exploring the messy, maddening beauty of adulthood with wit, intelligence, and biting humor.
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In these insightful, compassionate, gutsy, and heartbreaking personal essays, Stielstra, whose essay “Channel B” was recently featured in Best American Essays 2013 edited by Cheryl Strayed, explores the messy, maddening beauty of adulthood with wit, intelligence, and biting humor.

The essays in Once I Was Cool tackle topics ranging from beating postpartum depression by stalking her neighbor, to a surprise run-in with an old lover while on ecstasy, to blowing her mortgage on a condo she bought because of Jane's Addiction. Or, said another way, they tackle life in all of its quotidian richness.

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