September 26, 1996 |
Even though the tape recorder is humming smoothly at Joan Didion's elbow, she can't help noticing how ominous it is. "Is that still going?" she says sweetly. "I always worry about my own, that sense of dread when you look down and the little thing isn't moving anymore and you realize you don't know how long it has not been moving." There it is--the notorious Didion dread. She has always felt at home in the foyer of the apocalypse.
April 2, 2006 |
On Thursday, Oct. 8, 1964, the day the police decided my mother killed my father, I woke up late, the kind of late that snaps you out of your favorite dream, the one where you're wrapped in the arms of your favorite TV hunk--mine was Dr. Kildare--and he's just about to . . . when bang your unconscious tells you the sun is out, the lights are on all over the house and you're going to be late for school because nobody got you out of bed. We were a family of five. I was 14 and the oldest.
October 9, 2013 |
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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December 12, 1995
"Some of us who live in arid parts of the world think about water with a reverence which others might find excessive." --JOAN DIDION "The White Album"
October 17, 2013 |
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']
December 27, 2006 |
When writer John Gregory Dunne died, his wife, Joan Didion, channeled her grief into a compelling and bestselling memoir, "The Year of Magical Thinking." Now a stage version, written by Didion and starring Vanessa Redgrave, is coming to Broadway, opening March 29 at the Booth Theatre. Preview performances begin March 6 for a six-month engagement. "Magical Thinking" will be directed by David Hare, whose latest play, "The Vertical Hour," is on view at Broadway's Music Box Theatre.
December 7, 2005 |
Writer Joan Didion is adapting her recent bestselling memoir, "The Year of Magical Thinking," into a play. The memoir dealt with the death of her writer husband and the ultimately fatal illness of her daughter. The one-woman play will be produced by Scott Rudin, who approached her with the idea, and directed by British playwright David Hare.
September 11, 2007 |
Joan Didion, the author and essayist whose 2005 memoir was titled "The Year of Magical Thinking," will receive an honorary National Book Award medal this fall for "distinguished contribution to American letters." Terry Gross, who has interviewed Didion and countless other authors as host of National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" program, won the Literarian Award for "outstanding service to the American literary community."