Kate Christensen

in The United States
August 22, 1962



KATE CHRISTENSEN is the author of six previous novels, most recently The Astral. The Great Man won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award. She has published reviews and essays in numerous publications, most recently the New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, O, Elle, and Gilt Taste. She writes an occasional drinks column for The Wall Street Journal called "With a Twist." She lives in Portland, Maine.

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I love you most of all, my favorite vegetable

A few years ago, I gave a one-day memoir workshop whose focus was food writing. One of the students, Elizabeth, wrote an essay about the meals she cooked and ate in Tibet, where she lived in a house with several revolutionaries during the 2008 uprising against China. Her piece answered the question, “What do you eat at the revolution?” What they ate—simple communal meals with occasional flashes of

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“Friendship is a strange animal. It only thrives in voluntary enjoyment of each other's company, in the pleasure of nonobligatory connection. I repeat: You owe me nothing.”
Kate Christensen, The Astral

“My sudden, unforeseen capitulation had knocked me backward, and I had nothing to hold on to. My internal weather was eerily calm, as if in a tornado's aftermath, birdsong, sunshine, supersaturated colors, wreckage all around, and myself, dazed and limping.”
Kate Christensen, The Astral

“It happened every single day in Brooklyn: awaken to fresh glory, fall asleep to blight and ruin.”
Kate Christensen, The Astral


When it comes to food and spending a pleasant evening at home, you:

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Cozy up with a book & comfort food. Pancakes for dinner, anyone?
  866 votes, 59.5%

Try a delicious new recipe—cooking is the best relaxant.
  301 votes, 20.7%

Watch a show. Takeout is more your thing.
  270 votes, 18.5%

Read a foodie memoir and pair it with a dish from said memoir.
  19 votes, 1.3%


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