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Listen Up: Episode 24, Burn After Reading

Listen Up BY lindsay o'rourke 11/10/2015


Ok, we’re ready for fall. (Bring it, NYC weather.) That’s why we’re chatting about candles and bookworm-y things (perfect pair!) on the latest episode of A Few Things with Claire and Erica on Heritage Radio. So strike a match and turn up your volume because Sloane Crosley, our literary superstar of a guest, has THE most soothing voice in the world—you heard it here first.


Episode 24: Burn After Reading // LISTEN

Special and amazing guest: Sloane Crosley, author of the novel The Clasp, along with essay collections I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number.

Let’s talk about: Mood lighting and storytelling.


The post-listen link-dumpage:


On all the candles...

+ For everyday candles that are well-priced but smell like a million bux: Maison Louis Marie, Voluspa, and, of course, Mrs. Meyer’s.

+ An acceptable fake candle pick for the cautious candle-lover or anyone with a legit fear of burning the whole house down: Luminara.

+ How to prevent candle “tunneling” to prolong the life of your candle and (bonus!) prevent you from catching on fire.

+ Beeswax candles, for an all-natural and air-purifying approach. And just in time for Hanukkah, there are these.

+ Shabbat candlesticks—to have on-hand for the next Frankenstorm.

+ For when you want to go all-out: Diptyque.


On the story behind the story—with Sloane Crosley!

+ The Clasp, Sloane’s heartfelt-’n-hilarious debut novel (read the rave review from the NYT), inspired by the short story The Necklace.

+ Sloane’s jewelry fact-checking friends: Monique Pean and Lulu Frost, who brought THE necklace to life, and appropriately named it Kezia.

+ Books about the working world: Then We Came to the End, Straight Man, Personal Days, and The Devil Wears Prada (duh).

+ Writers beware: Novel dysmorphia is real.

+ George Saunders’s tribute to his writing mentor, Toby Wolff.

+ The origin of Kezia’s name: The Doll’s House.



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