Episode 81 — Kate Christensen
Summary: Kate Christensen is today's guest. She's the author of six novels, the fourth of which, THE GREAT MAN, won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award. Her latest novel, THE ASTRAL, is now available in trade paperback from Anchor Books. The San Francisco Chronicle raves: "[Christensen’s] characters’ ruminations on how the forces of love and deception work in tandem within a relationship are both searing and concise. . . . [She] is a forceful writer whose talent is all over the page. Her prose is visceral and poetic, like being bludgeoned with an exquisitely painted sledgehammer. She is a portrait artist, drawing in miniature, capturing the light within." And The Miami Herald calls it "Spectacular. . . . The Astral, artfully composed and emotionally tender, is evidence of true literary genius." Topics of conversation include: Portland, Maine, food, Brooklyn, Green Point, moving, small towns, big cities, socializing, shut-ins, social media, Twitter, Facebook, advertisements for self, hypocrisy, parties, social anxiety, shyness, Iowa Writers Workshop, fearing other writers, gender, sexism, confidence, self-doubt, Frank Conroy, greatness, competition, floundering, teaching, bad jobs, Countess of Romanones, Nancy Reagan, Republican society women, painting, solitude, detachment from self, creativity, pain, nihilism, word counts, discipline, procrastination, sitting, health, dark chocolate, wine, dying like a squid, health trends, the death of love, grief, divorce, evolution, Tuscany, goth, Germany, past loves, Berkeley, Arizona, Black Panthers, nerdiness, split personality, social exhaustion, artistic genes, memoir, and food writing. Monologue topics: American kindness, Ray Dolin, hitchhiking, Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, publishing, desperation, self-sabotage, hoaxes, scandal. This episode of Other People is brought to you by the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, the largest open-enrollment creative writing and screenwriting program in the nation. For more info, please visit www.uclaextension.edu/writers.