Kate Gavino

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Kate Gavino is the creator of the blog and book, Last Night's Reading. Her work has been featured in Buzzfeed, The Guardian, O Magazine, Rookie, the Paris Review Daily, and Brooklyn Magazine.


Cover Photo: An illustrated park playground scene where the author is holding the hand of a young French girl
“Où est ma nounou?”: What It’s Like Nannying in Paris

His mother said to me, “French mothers can be wild. That one in particular is a monster.”

Jun 23, 2020
Cover Photo: Learning to Live in France With(out) The Nose Wrinkle by Kate Gavino
Learning to Live in France With(out) The Nose Wrinkle

My relationship with my French teachers became more like the ones I had with my therapists: I desperately wanted them to like me.

Feb 19, 2020
Cover Photo: A tower of champagne flutes that spell out the words "Paris Syndrome"
Living in Paris, I’m Just Another American—and the French Don’t Seem to Mind

My life as an American in Paris is a far cry from what the glamorous direct-to-DVD movies make it out to be. Still, that’s the story I tell.

Jan 15, 2020
Cover Photo: An illustration of a crow eating a French macaron from a box of macarons
Is “Paris Syndrome” a Real Thing?

When you don’t have sky-high expectations for Paris to begin with, the disillusionment you find in the City of Light is much more nuanced.

Dec 12, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Kate Gavino for Catapult
My Parents’ Cemetery Selfies

“It’s jarring to scroll through and see a cemetery selfie.”

Sep 13, 2016
Cover Photo: Illustration by Kate Gavino for Catapult
Mom’s Food Pictures

“She hasn’t met a plate of enchiladas she won’t photograph.”

Aug 23, 2016
Cover Photo: Photo courtesy of author
Dad’s Selfies

“My dad has turned the lens on himself.”

Jul 28, 2016
Cover Photo: Kate Gavino
A Band Named Hotdog

“Hotdog’s goofy lyrics were a mainstay of my childhood.”

Apr 06, 2016
Cover Photo: Kate Gavino
The Jeff Goldblum Scale of Anxiety

I learn to be happy with what I have.

Jan 12, 2016