I felt a great sadness as I read the excellent article regarding Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne. Their pending permanent exit from La La Land was reported and expected. However, I had hoped they would change their minds.
Where will I go to find succinct and truthful evaluations of the West Coast life style? I find it hard to comprehend that Didion will not be around to experience events commonly shared by fellow Angelenos, especially now that the Reagans will be coming home to roost.
Both Didion and Dunne have always interpreted the Los Angeles and West Coast scene with honesty and subtleness. While their move was not prompted by any disillusionment with (as Didion so aptly puts it) the life styles of the "Golden Land," we as avid readers of their work still feel somewhat abandoned. I feel I speak for many of their followers when I say that they will always be welcomed back.