At Ploughshares, Once I Was Cool is compared to Louie: “Louis CK is a master at making the loneliness in life seem a little less lonely, and that’s exactly what Megan Stielstra accomplishes in her collection. Like Louie, Stielstra finds the beating heart that hides beneath most moments of quotidian emptiness without sacrificing any bit of the biting reality in growing older, learning how to parent, and weathering the financial hardships of an artist’s life. Louie draws his most elegant and watershed conclusions out of humor and sadness, and Stielstra matches him every step of the way.”
Once I Was Cool was included in The Chicago Tribune’s list of six 2014 notable Chicago books. “Stielstra has a knack for giving voice to the kinds of thoughts and feelings we assume are deeply personal but, we slowly discover, are mostly universal… funny, heartfelt and refreshingly candid, inspiring readers to make peace with their own imperfections.”
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I reviewed “Yes Please,” by Amy Poehler for The Chicago Tribune. Spoiler: I loved it.
I spoke with Hillary Frank at WNYC’s The Longest Shortest Time about trying to write about postpartum depression.
I did an interview with the wonderful writer M. Molly Backes. Talking with her is a dream. It’s up today at The Rumpus; all my thanks to editors Martha Bayne and Zoe Zolbrod.
Once I Was Cool is a finalist for the Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Award in Traditional Nonfiction, along with the wonderful Arnie Bernstein AND my dear friend Samantha Irby, whose essay collection, MEATY, is one of the best things I’ve ever read. I couldn’t be more grateful to be in their company.
I spoke a bit at Poets & Writers about my experience working with Curbside Splendor. It’s a great article, including interviews with authors from several excellent indie presses. Thanks to Kevin Larimer for shining this light on our work, and to Victor Giron at Curbside for his kind words about Once I Was Cool.