“Why do we do these things? Why do we go backwards?” I asked my friend Sean. “We do them to remember why we don’t do them,” he said.
I’ve mentioned Chloe many times before and I’m sure this won’t be the last (since I’m anxiously awaiting her new book.)
Chloe was one of the first personal essayists I fell in love with upon discovering the genre. I took an online course with her at Catapult last summer, which was one of the best classroom experiences I have had. She even invited her students to call her on the phone and speak about the work we had done in her class, which was both exciting and extremely helpful to get that kind of feedback within an online setting. And I was really fucking cool to speak to one of your favorite writers on the phone.
“I’ll Tell You in Person” speaks about addiction, creating surveys and meeting people on craigslist, the complications of love, questioning the self and navigating through adulthood. Chloe speaks with such an open and honest voice, drawing you in with her wonderful use of details that sparks her prose with life and vulnerability.
Who wrote the first essay collection you ever read?