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Original Essays | September 18, 2014 0 comments
On a hot July evening years ago, my Toyota Tercel overheated on a flat stretch of highway north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A steam geyser shot up from... Continue »
Kate ChristensenDescribe your latest project.
The Great Man is not really about a Great Man. The title is ironic and deliberately misleading. It's a novel about four women in their seventies and eighties, and aging, ambition, love, loyalty, food, and death. It's also a romantic comedy.
From Dorothy Parker: "What fresh hell is this?"
What makes your favorite pair of shoes better than the rest?
What is your astrological sign? If you don't like what you were born with, to what sign would you change and why?
Describe the best breakfast of your life.
What is your idea of absolute happiness?
What is your favorite indulgence, either wicked or benign?
Why do you write?
Recommend five or more books on a single subject of personal interest or expertise.
The Diaries of Dawn Powell An honest, funny, realistic, beautiful, blow-by-blow depiction of a novelist's life that lets you know what to expect... roughly equal parts despair and elation, idleness and hard work, solitude and company, disappointment and reward.
Middlemarch by George Eliot You'll probably never write anything this great, but you should really try to, anyway.
The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano A hilarious, inventive novel that breaks rules you've never even thought of and makes up some excellent new ones.
Trickster Makes This World by Lewis Hyde An entertaining, in-depth look at the intertwined relationship between mischief and creativity that gives you permission to blow it all out of the water.
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich Junk food and Spandex in Jersey, hooray! Read the rest of the series, too.