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Beautiful Country Burn Again

Book review: South and West, by Joan Didion

I am trying to place myself in history.
I have been looking all my life for history and have yet to find it.

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On Self-Respect

There’s a post over on Maria Popova’s Brainpickings about an essay on Self-Respect written by Joan Didion and it spoke volumes to me when I first read it a couple of years ago, I hope it will speak to you too … 29 more words


On Living A Life

If you knew you were going to die today, would you look back at the days before this one and call it a life?

It’s a question I found myself asking and thinking a great deal about. 2,016 more words

On Keeping a Notebook Assertion

On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion is a confession to what goes on inside a writer’s mind when observing the world. Joan Didion describes how she observes the world and how she writes down many of those random observations in a notebook. 374 more words


Goodbye To All That


I’ve always loved the title of Joan Didion’s essay, Goodbye to All That, which pays homage to New York, the city, her love for it, but the need to leave it behind. 384 more words

On Life

Morality Everywhere?

by Daniel A. Kaufman

Lately, I’ve been having a certain kind of argument, over and over again.  I feel compelled to defend something that I really like – and which I would have thought it quite… 1,610 more words


The Drama of the Essay

A starting point, I suggest, for thinking differently about this strangely familiar genre of the essay–(the essay? somehow marginal yet everywhere we look)–which is to say, rethinking what you might have learned in school, is to focus in on the dramatic elements of the genre.   564 more words

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