"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
—Muriel Rukeyser

Desperately Seeking Chris

Over tennis yesterday morning Katherine Taylor (Rules for Saying Goodbye, Farrar, Straus) told me a delightful story for the annals of contemporary lit about her previous night’s reading at Vroman’s. She and about 10 pals reconvened at the Ritz Hotel for drinks and snacks after the packed reading. A tall mysterious stranger named Chris joined them, though she only exchanged a few words with him. They ran up a bar tab of at least $50 each. At the end of the evening, someone noticed Chris slipping out the door. When the waitress was asked if he paid his share, she said, “He took care of the whole tab!”

Now if Chris is really as cool as this sounds Kate won’t see him again until she’s signing her second novel! Truly a tale as delicious as her novel.

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