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May 31, 2024

The Conversation

Sloane Crosley

Trigger Warning for our listeners - Please be advised that this episode talks about suicide.

Amanda welcomes New York Times bestselling author Sloane Crosley to The Conversation Podcast for a personal and thoughtful chat about loss and grief.

Sloane’s latest book, Grief is For People, shares her journey through loss after a personal robbery and a close friend’s suicide. Amanda and Sloane explore the impact and complexities of suicide and mourning. Through her unique storytelling, Sloane paints a vivid picture of the journey through grief, offering comfort, thought-provoking insights and even humor. This episode is a must-listen for anyone seeking solace, understanding, or guidance on navigating loss. Be advised the conversation addresses death by suicide.


  • [8:53] Sloane shares one way she has changed for the better as a writer
  • [10:33] Sloane admits she would like to become more patient 
  • [12:33] Sloane shares one of her most emotionally painful experiences and how that translated into her book
  • [19:35] How do you make peace with someone taking their life
  • [29:43] Sloane talks about her reaction to the suicide and why the book resonates with people
  • [34:49] Sloane discusses her book Cult Classic
  • [41:00] Sloane says that having to be “the girl writing funny essays”  is no longer serving her, and she answers a personal question about death
  • [51:13] Sloane tells about the best cake she ever ate and what her  80-year-old self would say to her today


  • Everyone has a relationship with grief and loss, and everyone deals with and experiences them differently. 
  • The impact of suicide and loss is full of questions with no answers. 
  • The process of grief and loss is never easy. 


Grief is For People
Sloane Crosley's Website
Sloane Crosley's Books
Sloane Crosley on Twitter
Sloane Crosley on Facebook

About This Podcast:

The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet is a groundbreaking series of weekly interviews featuring candid conversations with impactful thought leaders. Host Amanda de Cadenet provides a platform for raw and honest discussions on a wide variety of topics, from porn to politics. Visit amandadecadenet.com to learn more and sign up for her newsletter. Follow Amanda on Instagram @amandadecadenet. Follow Amanda on Substack at amandadecadenet.substack.com.


SLOANE CROSLEY is the author of The New York Times bestselling books Grief Is for People, How Did You Get This Number, and I Was Told There’d Be Cake (a 2009 finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor). She is also the author of Look Alive Out There (a 2019 finalist for The Thurber Prize for American Humor) and the novels, Cult Classic and The Clasp, both of which have been optioned for film. She served as editor of The Best American Travel Writing series and is featured in The Library of America's 50 Funniest American Writers, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Phillip Lopate’s The Contemporary American Essay and others. She was the inaugural columnist for The New York Times Op-Ed "Townies" series, a contributing editor at Interview Magazine, and a columnist for The Village Voice, Vanity Fair, The Independent, Black Book, Departures and The New York Observer. She is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. She lives in New York City.