Episode 276 — Megan Stielstra


Megan Stielstra is the guest. Her new essay collection, Once I Was Cool, is now available from Curbside Splendor.

Roxane Gay says

In Once I Was Cool, Megan Stielstra is warm and open and wise. Whether she’s writing about the complex loneliness of early motherhood or failing to rise to the occasion or find the right language while living abroad, Stielstra is a masterful essayist. From the first page to the last, she demonstrates a graceful understanding of the power of storytelling. What she’s truly offering with her words, is the grandest of gifts.

And Christine Sneed says

What an amazing cri de coeur Once I Was Cool is. Megan Stielstra tells us in a witty, sympathetic, confident voice who she is and what and whom she cares about most. Reading these essays, I laughed out loud and also found myself on the verge of tears so many times. This book should be read by anyone who’s been in love, had a child or thought about having a child. So, probably, that’s everyone.

Monologue:  humans, friendships, community, the fragility of human relationships, loneliness, complexity, simplicity.