Feed

Feed

by

M. T. Anderson

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Calista Character Analysis

Calista is a pretty young woman and a friend of Titus. During her spring break, she travels to the moon, and later she appears at a party with Titus, Marty, and Link (with whom she’s involved at various points in the novel). Calista is described as being rich, beautiful, and popular. Just as Link is the informal leader of Marty and Titus’s group, Calista seems to be the informal “squad leader” of her friend group (which includes Quendy and Loga). Calista can be rude and even quite cruel—for example, when she mocks Quendy for copying her latest “look.” Calista looks down on the strange, lower-middle-class Violet Durn.

Calista Quotes in Feed

The Feed quotes below are all either spoken by Calista or refer to Calista. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Candlewick Press edition of Feed published in 2012.
Part 3: The Real Thing Quotes

"This top is the Watts Riot top."
Violet said, "I can never keep any of the riots straight. Which one was the Watts riot?"
Calista and Loga stopped and looked at her. I could feel them flashing chat.
"Like, a riot," said Calista. "I don't know, Violet. Like, when people start breaking windows and beating each other up, and they have to call in the cops. A riot. You know. Riot?"

Related Characters: Titus (speaker), Violet Durn (speaker), Calista (speaker), Loga
Page Number: 163
Explanation and Analysis:
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Calista Character Timeline in Feed

The timeline below shows where the character Calista appears in Feed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Impact
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Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
Titus, Marty, and Link—along with three female friends, Calista, Loga, and Quendy—find their hotel rooms. Titus is tired, but Marty and Link keep him... (full context)
Part 1: The Nose Grid
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Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
Resistance Theme Icon
...worried that the girl will hear them talking and think they’re “dumb.” Quendy, Loga, and Calista go to the bathroom to fix their hair to adapt to the new hairstyle while... (full context)
Part 1: The Moon is in the House of Boring
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Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
...alcohol, and Marty suggests that they all “malfunction” instead. Violet becomes even more uncomfortable. Online, Calista tells the guys, “This girl is meg un-into it.” They decide to go to the... (full context)
Part 2: The Garden
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...to pass the time by blowing needles at the wall. Titus notices that Link and Calista are spending more time together, meaning that they’re probably hooking up again. (full context)
Part 3: Undervalued Truffle
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Violet, who looks nervous, says hello to Calista while Titus talks to Quendy. Quendy chats him to ask if he thinks Calista and... (full context)
Part 3: The Real Thing
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Resistance Theme Icon
...word thousands of times, receiving a year’s supply in the process. While meeting up with Calista and Loga, Titus is surprised to see that they look burned and are wearing retro... (full context)
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Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
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...a while, Link suggests they buy Coke, since they’ve started to become thirsty. Violet asks Calista and Loga about their “Watts Riot” tops, and wonders what incited the Watts Riot. Calista... (full context)
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Violet chats Titus and asks him to take her home—she can’t stand Calista and Loga. Titus reluctantly agrees, and he and Violet leave while Calista shows off her... (full context)
Part 3: Limbo and Prayer
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Apathy, Happiness, and Satisfaction Theme Icon
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On Monday, Titus goes to School™ and notices that Calista has a “macrolesion.” Link kisses Calista and tickles her lesion. Titus chats Violet about Calista’s... (full context)
Part 3: Our Duty to the Party
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Just then, Calista says to Quendy, very loudly, “Don’t let anyone tell you you look stupid.” She accuses... (full context)