1. slaughterhouse90210:

    "It was unbearable, one of those feelings that’s too intense to stand for long—euphoria, pain, yearning, and dread all at once. I could barely talk to him, and when I did, it was with mock bravado and an arrogant hardness I didn’t remotely feel."
    —Kate Christensen, Blue Plate Special

    Ahhh! So good. (The show and the book: http://powells.us/17IjtHz)

     

  2. "Cooking is the perfect counterpoint to writing."

    Five great books about food:
    Reading about food cheers me up like nothing else. During dark nights of the soul or dark days of the heart, I cannot feel depressed or lonely when I’m reading these books:

    My Life in France by Julia Child
    The Kitchen Book and the Cook Book by Nicolas Freeling
    The Gastronomical Me by M. F. K. Fisher
    Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin
    Cooking with Fernet Branca by James Hamilton-Patterson

    More from our Q&A with Kate Christensen, author of Blue Plate Special, on our blog: http://powells.us/15fxKdo

     
  3. "Five years later, after floundering painfully in a world that was not hailing me as a literary genius, or anything close to it, I exploded in a burst of rebellion against this earnest literary greatness I’d been trying with no luck to cultivate. I remembered how to write — and remembered that as far as I can see, we are not demigods, we just sometimes think we are, and the resulting comeuppance can be very funny. I went right back to the way I’d started out writing as a kid — visceral, playful, fun, subversive, with no thought of Greatness, no thought of anything but having a good time as I wrote, of exposing people, showing them as they are — not as they ought to be or as I wished they were: Heroism and sentimentality went out the window, and I was left with my real voice."

    Just one of the reasons we’re wild about Kate Christensen. Read more over at the Powell’s blog.