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Joan Didion

A Trinitarian Vision, Broken

Jesse James DeConto | Posted 04.04.2014 | 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 03.10.2014 | 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 03.04.2014 | 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.

In Bonnets or Sweat Pants, We're Cultural Historians

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.01.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Whatever subjects we choose, as women writers we are cataloging historical and cultural events in ways that go far deeper than the two-dimensional stories told by photographs. We get into the heads of our audience in ways that movies still can't.

Jane Austen Weekly: The Truth About Irony

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 02.06.2013 | Books
Susan Celia Greenfield

These days, I'm having a lot of trouble with irony. Sometimes I'm even afraid of the concept. Imagine that -- a literature professor afraid of irony. Isn't that ironic? Why am I afraid?

11 Quotes To Celebrate Joan Didion's Birthday

Posted 12.05.2012 | Books

Happy birthday, Joan Didion! The writer who made a name for herself with her first novel, Run, River, and her first book of literary journalism, Slouc...

For Every Yin, the Media Has a Yang

Karthika Muthukumaraswamy | Posted 11.28.2012 | Media
Karthika Muthukumaraswamy

Is it really a good thing for journalism to expect reporters to be empty vessels simply reiterating information from others? This defeats the very purpose of media as fourth estate, as a watchdog of the powers that be.

Revisiting Death Row: 'The Exonerated,' and the American Theater Wing Honors the Redgraves

Regina Weinreich | Posted 11.25.2012 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

On Monday night, The American Theater Wing honored the Redgrave family at their annual gala.

Diane Keaton on Joan Didion, Working With Robert De Niro in The Big Wedding, and Her Love of Frank Ocean

Vanity Fair | Posted 11.04.2012 | Entertainment
Vanity Fair

The ever lovable Diane Keaton has kept herself quite busy in the past year, publishing her memoir Then Again last November, shooting her upcoming film The Big Wedding, and now partnering with Audible.com to read from Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem.

An Autism Mom on Having It All

Hannah Brown | Posted 09.11.2012 | Parents
Hannah Brown

The debate on mothers "having it all" continues. This is just one more example of a controversy where, as the mother of a son with autism, I feel I must watch from the sidelines.

Know These Books

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 08.19.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Lists are arbitrary. No formula can rank James Joyce over Vladimir Nabokov, or Edith Wharton over Jane Austen. The intellectual knows it's most important to try and read all those great novels.

'Charlotte au Chocolat' in Harvard Square

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 04.30.2012 | Books
Elizabeth Benedict

This slender memoir -- not in richness but size -- is about food, love, loss, the Harvard-heavy social structure of Cambridge; about growing up alone in a crowded room; and about the lessons that pass from mother to daughter.

Caitlin Flanagan and Joan Didion: Writers and Mothers

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 03.21.2012 | Media
Nancy Doyle Palmer

Caitlin Flanagan goes there -- the third rail of women talking about other women -- the kind of stuff we lower our voices to share -- she goes after Joan Didion's portrayal of herself as a mother. With all due respect.