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Joan Didion

23 Recent Books By Women You Should Read ASAP

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 03.21.2017 | Arts

Historically, women artists have rarely gotten their due. But there’s no time like the present ― especially this Women’s History Month ― to ch...

Joan Didion’s New Book Explores The Bubble Of The American South

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 03.14.2017 | Arts

“We had misunderstood one another, or we had not,” Joan Didion wrote in a short entry to her book of observations about the South and California, ...

The 33 New Books You'll Want To Add To Your Shelf Next Year

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 12.29.2016 | Arts

2017, ahoy! These are the books ― among others! ― that we can’t wait to read. January The Man Who Shot My Eye Out Is Dead by Chanelle Benz A d...

Joan Didion Has A New Book Coming Out Next Year

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 11.07.2016 | Arts

It’s been brought to our attention that Joan Didion ― keeper of notebooks, chronicler of cities, defender of emotional, humanistic prose ― has a...

CultureZohn: 'Everything Is Copy'

Patricia Zohn | Posted 03.18.2017 | Entertainment
Patricia Zohn

Jacob Bernstein's HBO documentary about his mother, Nora Ephron, proves the inside-the-box life is not worth living, as it gives you little material to work with. Probably the most famous Ephron line is "I'll have what she's having." It also sums up how many of us feel about Ephron. I'll have what she's having: the ambition, the wit, the genre-crossing, the credits, the confidence, the recipes, the large and talented circle of friends.

The Insecurity Paradox

Mark Matousek | Posted 02.23.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Matousek

Life can change in the blink of an eye. Your number comes up and you win the lotto. Your doctor calls with a bad diagnosis. Your boss kicks you out w...

Happy Birthday To Joan Didion, The Original Icon Of Impostor Syndrome

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.05.2015 | Arts

Today, Joan Didion turns 81. Most of the writer's devotees and critics agree upon the fact that in her carefully woven sentences, whether fictional, ...

Mature Models Are Beautiful Because Of Their Age, Not In Spite Of It

Elizabeth Licorish | Posted 11.24.2016 | Fifty
Elizabeth Licorish

Some say "You are as young as you feel," and, if that's the case, models like Marie Helvin might as well be forever 21. I, for one, don't want to look like I'm in my 20s if that means feeling like beauty is at odds with pizza.

Shyness: 4 Methods to Work With Social Anxiety

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 11.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Danielle Wolffe

While social anxiety can truly, at moments, suck, it may have also invoked strengths in you. Embrace those strengths. Be thankful for them. Trust them. Allow yourself to be empowered by them. Continue to use them to carve out your niche in the world.

Don't Miss "The Man in the High Castle"!

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.21.2016 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

When I heard that Amazon was doing a miniseries based on Philip K. Dick's Hugo-winning novel from the Sixties, I realized that it had been sitting on my shelves between DeLillo and Didion for years. Once I picked up the 1992 paperback (with a weird cover) and dusted it off, I couldn't put it down.

CultureZohn: Katy Grannan On Highway 99

Patricia Zohn | Posted 11.06.2016 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

Grannan is witness to the people who find themselves on the other side of the American dream in California's now-arid Central Valley, every bit as parched as the cracked and desiccated soil they live on.

11 Literary Biopics We Need Right Now

Off The Shelf | Posted 10.22.2016 | Home
Off The Shelf

Since the beginnings of film, literature has played a significant role in developing the medium. Adaptations are everywhere, but here are some literary tales that we hope inspire more stories on the silver screen.

'Goodbye To All That' (Apologies to Joan Didion)

Tom Allon | Posted 09.01.2016 | New York
Tom Allon

Like a young Joan Didion or a middle-aged Woody Allen, I have had an enduring love affair with my birthplace -- Manhattan, particularly its West Side.

11 Unforgettable First Lines in Literature

Off The Shelf | Posted 08.28.2016 | Home
Off The Shelf

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then the first line is the window to the book. A first line can drag you in, shock you, confuse you, or touch you. A first line is what makes you read on. Here are some of our favorite first lines that set the tone for some incredible books.

The Art Of Being Underestimated

The Cut | Posted 08.17.2016 | Women
The Cut

What if, instead of feeling defeated by the constant low-grade slights of sexism, we used them against our opponents? What if, like cute little mongooses, we only looked nonthreatening to lull everyone into a false sense of security before going in for the kill?

CultureZohn: #Joanontheten

Patricia Zohn | Posted 08.14.2016 | Home
Patricia Zohn

A campaign by Book Soup, one of LA's last remaining independent bookstores, to put Joan Didion on the ten dollar bill reminds just how influential writers and bookstores can be.

Writing on Writer's Block

Marie Solis | Posted 07.30.2016 | Home
Marie Solis

Since I've graduated from college, I've been suffering from horrible writer's block. The kind that makes you lose complete faith in yourself and in your trade.

The 2 Kinds of Morning Writer

Sarah Stodola | Posted 07.06.2016 | Home
Sarah Stodola

While researching my book Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, one of the most important habits I gauged was the time of day that successful authors get their writing done. Not surprisingly, more writers I studied do their best work in the morning than at any other time.

Expats Write About Love and Life in Asia

Ann Tashi Slater | Posted 06.29.2016 | Home
Ann Tashi Slater

This month brings memoirs from three wonderful Asia-based American authors to put on your summer reading list!

The Aftermath of Tribeca: James Franco on Adderall, Lily Tomlin as a Grandma, Jason Schwartzman with a Huge Penis, and the Wolfpack Are Coming to Your Local Theatres

Brandon Judell | Posted 05.28.2016 | Arts
Brandon Judell

Of the hundreds of films screened at festivals across the nation only a handful will wind up at your local theatres, and that goes for those lucky enough to have been viewed at the growingly prestigious Tribeca Film Festival (TFF).

Aging Out of My Bra: Why Lingerie Brands Should Target Women Over 50

Elisabeth Dale | Posted 06.10.2015 | Fifty
Elisabeth Dale

I love to see older women celebrated and honored in this way. Now in my late 50s, I'm content, and even more in love with life. But I'm curious to know what these mature models are wearing underneath their outfits. Are they still able to find pretty, feminine and well-fitting lingerie?

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman and Nancy Davis

Perry Brass | Posted 05.25.2015 | Home
Perry Brass

Jane Wyman was Ronald Reagan's first wife. They met when they were both working their way up the Hollywood star ladder -- Wyman was actually ahead of Reagan -- and they came out of the same background: hardscrabble Depression; very much hand-to-mouth.

How 5 Great Writers Got Started on Their First Novels

Sarah Stodola | Posted 05.12.2015 | Home
Sarah Stodola

While working on my book Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors, I found that even for the best writers in the world, getting started can be the hardest part. Here's how 5 great authors found what they needed to get going on their very first novels.

Dear Senators: A Note to Five Who Lost

Toby Moffett | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Toby Moffett

It's time to start letting go of the senator, and reacquaint yourself with that person you really are.

On Didion: Fashion is Starved for Icons

Mich Cardin | Posted 03.09.2015 | Style
Mich Cardin

A writer for Vogue could barely contain her jubilation on Celine Creative Director Phoebe Philo's decision. Headlines exuded a sigh of relief. Was this the first time a talented woman (or man) of substance became the face of a coveted fashion label? No. But it sure feels like a rare and distant concept.