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“Grammar is a piano I play by ear.  All I know about grammar is its power.”   —   Joan Didion

(This one was tougher than it looked.  221 more words


on You, Joan, and Los Angeles

I keep on falling down rabbit holes, the week slips by, and the only thing I have to show for it is survival, a few bruises, and several pages of nonsense notes in notebooks that I keep endlessly out of your reach. 501 more words

True Thought

25 Books Every Writer Should Read

The hard work, the MFA vs. NYC debate, the negativity, the importance of a good Twitter account, the parties you have to go to, the readings you have to do, people you should meet, the agents you need to impress — amid all the different ways writers have found to obsess over what it takes to be successful, we sometimes forget the most important thing of all: great writers need to be great readers.


Blue Nights by Joan Didion

“Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life.”

I underlined that sentence in my copy of Joan Didion’s… 230 more words


The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion

Joan Didion’s memoir about the sudden death of her husband at a time when her daughter was critically ill in an ICU is beautifully devastating. Joan Didion and John Dunne were both writers. 317 more words


To Tell The Truth

To Tell The Truth

A television game show where three contestants attempt to Bull S*** a panel. The object was for the panel to figure out who is BS-ing and who is telling the truth. 840 more words

Hello to all That Part One: Goodbye to all That

Ever since Joan Didion called New York City “an infinitely romantic notion, the mysterious nexus of all love and money and power, the shining and perishable dream itself,” aspiring writers have been longing to move to New York, and almost as many to leave it. 694 more words

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