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October 15, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
PEN Center USA's 23rd annual literary awards festival went off without a hitch at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Monday night -- except for the small fact that its lifetime achievement award winner, Joan Didion, was not in attendance. "Unfortunately, Joan Didion's doctor advised her at the last minute that she could not travel to Los Angeles," PEN said in a statement Tuesday. On Monday night, it was California Gov. Jerry Brown who delivered the news, taking the podium early in the night.
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December 5, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Joan Didion is one of California's favorite literary daughters. The award-winning author wrote some of her most significant works of literary nonfiction in and about the Golden State (to be fair, New York as well). She's written novels, essays, screenplays and --- helpfully, for those curious about her life --- memoirs. On the occasion of her 79th birthday, we want to know: How well do you know Joan? 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October 4, 2005 | Anne-Marie O'Connor, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Distinguished American writer Joan Didion has always seemed delicate, but now she looks frail. Her shoulders are thin and stooped as she speaks haltingly about the loss of her daughter a few weeks ago, as she was still grappling with the sudden death of her husband on Dec. 30, 2003. Her weight has dropped below 80 pounds, and her pants and pullover hang loosely from a 5-foot-1 frame that now seems perilously thin. She seems dwarfed by a living room filled with art and mementos. As she notes at the beginning of her new memoir, "The Year of Magical Thinking," which goes on sale today, "Life changes fast.
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October 17, 2013 | By Emily Keeler
Running on a mere 2½ hours of sleep and exactly 12 hours after winning the Man Booker Prize for her novel “The Luminaries,” Eleanor Catton sat down for an interview with the Guardian's Charlotte Higgins and brought her A game. The 28-year-old novelist from New Zealand, the youngest ever to win the prize, addressed the critics who have approached her complex novel with trite assumptions about gender. Catton said the "people whose negative reaction [to 'The Luminaries']
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October 29, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
In the wake of last week's third and final presidential debate, as both campaigns shifted into end-game mode and the conversation tilted toward not what had happened but how it could be spun, I began to think about Joan Didion's “Political Fictions,” a 2001 collection of essays that frames the electoral process as less a matter of facts or policy than the expression of “a series of fables about American experience.” These fables have...
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September 17, 2003 | Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
There are two kinds of Californians: those lucky enough to be born here, and those smart enough to move here. I expect I like saying this, in part, because I am of the latter group. Joan Didion, "child of the crossing story," is of the former, a rooted Californian who has, over time, moved her vantage point from her family's Sacramento ranchland to Malibu to Manhattan. There have been a few other stopping points for Didion, but none with the magnetic force of California, drawing her back as it does, in body, in spirit, in prose.
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July 8, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
President Obama will award the National Medal of the Arts and the National Humanities Medals to a total of two dozen writers, performers, artists and scholars on Wednesday. Ernest Gaines, author of the books "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" and the National Book Critics' Circle Award-winning "A Lesson Before Dying," which was an Oprah Book Club pick, is the only novelist to receive an Arts medal. Playwright Tony Kushner and stage director/writer/performer Elaine May are among the honorees, which include filmmaker George Lucas, opera singer Renee Fleming, and musician Herb Alpert.
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November 16, 2011
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October 2, 2005 | Gideon Lewis-Kraus
The back cover of "Slouching Towards Bethlehem," Joan Didion's first collection of essays and the book that established her as one of a handful of major contemporary writers, advises that her pieces "all reflect, in one way or another, the notion that things are falling apart, that 'the center cannot hold.' " That phrase is from Yeats' "The Second Coming," the poem that provided Didion with the 1968 book's evocative title; such slouching perhaps now...
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October 30, 2011 | By David L. Ulin, Tribune Newspapers
"Writers," Joan Didion observed in 1968, "are always selling somebody out. " It's one of those classic Didion statements, epigrammatic yet personal, a line that unpacks itself the more we consider what it implies. Didion may have been referring to journalism when she wrote that in the preface to "Slouching Towards Bethlehem," but she was also, as directly as can be imagined, addressing herself. "My only advantage as a reporter is that I am so physically small, so temperamentally unobtrusive, and so neurotically inarticulate that people tend to forget that my presence runs counter to their best interests.
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October 15, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
PEN Center USA's 23rd annual literary awards festival went off without a hitch at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Monday night -- except for the small fact that its lifetime achievement award winner, Joan Didion, was not in attendance. "Unfortunately, Joan Didion's doctor advised her at the last minute that she could not travel to Los Angeles," PEN said in a statement Tuesday. On Monday night, it was California Gov. Jerry Brown who delivered the news, taking the podium early in the night.
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October 9, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
We don't often think of it that way, but New York is a city for the young. There's something about its myth, its promise, and also about its hardness; it lures us and then it breaks our will. This is the point of Joan Didion's 1967 essay “Goodbye to All That” (published in her landmark collection “Slouching Towards Bethlehem”); “All I mean is that I was very young in New York,” she writes, “and that at some point the golden rhythm was broken, and I am not that young anymore.” Didion's line serves as the epigraph for “Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York” (Seal Press: 270 pp., $16 paper)
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August 22, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
What do Harrison Ford and Joan Didion have in common? They'll both be at the PEN Center USA awards dinner in October, where he will present her with the lifetime achievement award. Their connection is personal rather than literary: The actor and author have known each other since 1971, when the not-yet movie star built her beach house. “He was a carpenter,” she explains by phone from New York. “I was happy with his work -- and even happier with his presence in the house because he was a great moral force.” PEN Center USA creates a bridge between writing as a creative and political act, making the choice of Didion for the award -- previously given to Elmore Leonard and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, among others -- particularly fitting because she has crossed that bridge many times in her work.
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July 18, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
“The city burning,” Joan Didion wrote in “Los Angeles Notebook,” “is Los Angeles's deepest image of itself.” I kept thinking about that Wednesday night as my wife and I drove out to Hemet, where our daughter had been evacuated from her camp in Idyllwild due to the 19,600-acre Mountain fire. Hemet may not be Los Angeles, but it's close enough that Didion's image - “at the time of the 1965 Watts riots,” she continues, “what struck the imagination most indelibly were the fires.
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July 8, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
President Obama will award the National Medal of the Arts and the National Humanities Medals to a total of two dozen writers, performers, artists and scholars on Wednesday. Ernest Gaines, author of the books "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" and the National Book Critics' Circle Award-winning "A Lesson Before Dying," which was an Oprah Book Club pick, is the only novelist to receive an Arts medal. Playwright Tony Kushner and stage director/writer/performer Elaine May are among the honorees, which include filmmaker George Lucas, opera singer Renee Fleming, and musician Herb Alpert.
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January 3, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Finally, a commemoration I can get behind: On Feb. 5, at Town Hall in Manhattan, t he New York Review of Books will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an event featuring, among other contributors, Joan Didion , Michael Chabon and Daniel Mendelsohn . The magazine was founded in February 1963, during a printers' strike that shuttered New York's newspapers, although its roots go back to the late 1950s and the dismay of its founding editors,...
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August 22, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
What do Harrison Ford and Joan Didion have in common? They'll both be at the PEN Center USA awards dinner in October, where he will present her with the lifetime achievement award. Their connection is personal rather than literary: The actor and author have known each other since 1971, when the not-yet movie star built her beach house. “He was a carpenter,” she explains by phone from New York. “I was happy with his work -- and even happier with his presence in the house because he was a great moral force.” PEN Center USA creates a bridge between writing as a creative and political act, making the choice of Didion for the award -- previously given to Elmore Leonard and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, among others -- particularly fitting because she has crossed that bridge many times in her work.
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September 3, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Quintana Roo Dunne Michael, 39, the daughter of writers Joan Didion and the late John Gregory Dunne, died Aug. 26 at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital. She had been hospitalized since June with abdominal infections, according to her mother. Michael, a photographer and photo editor, was born in Santa Monica and adopted at birth by Didion and Dunne. She graduated from Barnard College. She and her musician husband, Gerry Michael of Manhattan, had no children.
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October 29, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
In the wake of last week's third and final presidential debate, as both campaigns shifted into end-game mode and the conversation tilted toward not what had happened but how it could be spun, I began to think about Joan Didion's “Political Fictions,” a 2001 collection of essays that frames the electoral process as less a matter of facts or policy than the expression of “a series of fables about American experience.” These fables have...
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September 12, 2012 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Joan Didion's stage adaptation of her 2005 memoir, "The Year of Magical Thinking," is a wrenchingly meditative one-hander that delves into the mechanics of loss - namely, the sudden death of Didion's longtime husband and writing partner, John Gregory Dunne, and the agonizingly prolonged decline of her beloved daughter, Quintana. Dunne's death was nearly instantaneous. Quintana, on the other hand, succumbed only after the course of many months and several mysterious maladies. Quintana died after Didion's book had already gone to press, and Didion's controversial refusal to delay publication and update her work is addressed in her play - sometimes to a fault. Strikingly, the death of Dunne gets somewhat short shrift while Quintana's more gradual attenuation is more exhaustively described.
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