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Joan Didion

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

Perry Brass | Posted 03.26.2015 | Books
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 03.12.2015 | Books
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.

This Fashion House's New Model Is Totally Unexpected And Amazing

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 01.06.2015 | Style

It may be too early to say this, but Céline just debuted the best campaign of 2015. It's not the clothing nor the styling that makes this ad swoon...

Entrepreneur Series: Growing Up and Doing Business With... Amanda Chantal Bacon

Marina Chetner | Posted 01.30.2015 | Small Business
Marina Chetner

I'm launching with a Q&A with Amanda Chantal Bacon. Amanda embodies the Angeleno ethos of wellness despite being her upbringing in New York City.

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: The Joan Didion Documentary's Pioneering Approach to Collaborative Filmmaking

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 01.17.2015 | Arts
Elizabeth Nicholas

Here is a compendium of characters Didion herself might appreciate, and one which her own family is now joining.

What 9 Powerful Women Were Doing At Age 23

Bustle | Posted 11.13.2014 | Women
Bustle

If you think your office job is rough, know this: Tina worked the front desk at a YMCA after being turned down for jobs at a Ruby Tuesday and a theater box-office.

The Commencement Speech All English Majors Need to Read

Steven L. Isenberg | Posted 07.22.2014 | College
Steven L. Isenberg

Commencement is the Thanksgiving Day of academic life. And it is especially right as English majors that we are grateful for the literary treasure which we read and the vitality of the language we inherit, and for all who have taught and encouraged us.

"The Blonde": A Talk With Anna Godbersen

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.12.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Anna Godbersen is the bestselling author of The Luxe series and Bright Young Things. Her new novel, The Blonde, is her first foray into adult fiction and is a compulsively gripping read.

A Trinitarian Vision, Broken

Jesse James DeConto | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion
Jesse James DeConto

There are as many reasons why marriages fail as there are words in a language, expressions on a face, tones in a voice, and nerves beneath the human skin.

The Meaning of Self-Respect

Jessica Halepis | Posted 05.10.2014 | Women
Jessica Halepis

My heart goes out to my younger self, and I wonder on occasion what my life would look like today if she'd had the wherewithal to make different choices. If she hadn't felt it necessary to carve herself up like a cake and hand out the pieces with a smile on her face.

Grief in the Time of Facebook

Jill Di Donato | Posted 05.04.2014 | Women
Jill Di Donato

Facebook can be seen as a digital scrapbook, a journal, a way to collect memories in an interactive way, and therefore, it is a modern-day narrative, a timeline to "make sense of what happened."

How to Write About Yourself Without Being a Jerk

Theo Pauline Nestor | Posted 03.09.2014 | Books
Theo Pauline Nestor

"What do you write about?" I'm often asked. The answer, um, is I, uh, write about myself, which automatically puts me in the company of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, and others who exude the belief that their lives are of inherent interest to others.

Coping With Loss of Loved Ones Through Theratainment

Tara Fass | Posted 02.08.2014 | Entertainment
Tara Fass

The holidays can come loaded with affect for those who've had someone close to them die. More upsetting can be a recent loss, one which occurred around the holidays, or the first anniversary with a glaring non-attendance. Let's turn to film, television, and books with topics of grief and loss at their core.

Here's What Joan Didion Can Teach You About Life

Posted 01.23.2014 | Books

Joan Didion, writer of painful truths, hilarious observations, and wicked-good sentences, turns 79 today. She has taught us about the pleasure that ca...

A Writer's Obligation

Paul Florez | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Paul Florez

As writers, we ultimately sell ourselves out. When I find the courage to write about my family, friends or some unassuming stranger, I'm not revealing a truth about them. I am revealing a truth about myself.

Reading Joan Didion

Jill Robinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

The Governor of California, Jerry Brown, looked uncomfortable at the head table in the Beverly Hills Hotel ballroom where we had come to celebrate Joan Didion's PEN Lifetime Achievement Award. He struggled for the words; "I'm so sorry to have to tell you," he said, "Joan Didion will not be with us tonight."

Dark Wisdom: A Jewish Comment on the Conclusion of Breaking Bad

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 11.30.2013 | TV
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Walter White, the un-hero of the Breaking Bad saga, is a rationalist so skilled that he even convinces himself that his evil actions are morally justifiable as each terrible one is taken, painstakingly mythologized as necessary for his family's welfare.

How Long Must I Stay Before I Can Quit NYC With Dignity?

Gothamist | Posted 11.07.2013 | New York

Are you relatively new to this fine metropolis? Don't be shy about it, everyone was new to New York at one time... except, of course, those battle-har...

An Open Letter to the New York Review of Books

Jane Vandenburgh | Posted 10.11.2013 | Books
Jane Vandenburgh

You can imagine my shock, therefore, when I read down the Table of Contents of the New York Review of Books' most recent issue and thought, "Really?"

The Surprising Weekend Habit Of Highly Effective People

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.23.2013 | Healthy Living

It's a vicious cycle: We get more stressed at work as the week goes on, but once the weekend rolls around, instead of taking time to rest and recharge...

Our Twisted Politics of Grief

Norman Solomon | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The "war on terror" was built on two tiers of grief. Momentous and meaningless. Ours and theirs. The domestic politics of grief settled in for a very long haul, while perpetual war required the leaders of both major parties to keep affirming and reinforcing the two tiers of grief.

Interview With Vendela Vida About Always Apprentices

Nicki Richesin | Posted 06.19.2013 | Books
Nicki Richesin

It may come as something of a surprise that Vendela Vida doesn't have access to the internet at her home, but make no mistake, she's very connected.

The Day After

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 06.16.2013 | Crime
Adam Kirk Edgerton

Although most of us will return to normal, we will mourn for the injured and the fallen. But selfishly we will also mourn our former selves. We are no longer the people who went blithely to Boylston yesterday.