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D is for Didion, Joan, for Making California Count in the Literary Sense

Michiko Kakutani made an important point, citing Joan Didion herself, who in her book The White Album wrote that Kilimanjaro belonged to Ernest Hemingway, while Oxford, Mississippi was William Faulkner’s– a place belongs to those who claim it the hardest, who remember it best, but also who recreate it in their own image. 922 more words

The Year of Not So Magical Thinking

I finally decided to pick up my copy of Joan Didion’s “The Year of Magical Thinking” today and face it. It has been one year since the loss of my dad and I continue to struggle to regain a sense of balance. 1,019 more words

Remnants of The Yellow Wall-Paper

“It is the strangest yellow, that wall-paper! It makes me think of all the yellow things I ever saw – not beautiful ones like buttercups, but old foul, bad yellow things.” – Charlotte Perkins Gilman… 917 more words


The Setting and the Story: Joan Didion’s “The Santa Ana”

Vivian Wagner is an associate professor of English at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. Her essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Zone 3, McSweeney’s, The Pinch, Silk Road Review, and other journals, and she’s the author of Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music. 716 more words

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The Rising

Can’t see nothin’ in front of me
Can’t see nothin’ coming up behind
I make my way through this darkness
I can’t feel nothing but this chain that binds me… 947 more words


How To Write Like Joan Didion

The Key to writing like Joan Didion is to combine detailed, thorough description with a hint of biting irony. This primer is for both fiction writers and journalists who are struggling to make their work more interesting. 1,715 more words