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“[Didion] can strike at the heart, or the absurdity, of a matter in our contemporary wasteland with quick, graceful strokes.” ―San Francisco Chronicle
“All of the essays--even the slightest--manifest not only [Didion's] intelligence, but an instinct for details that continue to emit pulsations in the reader's memory and a style that is spare, subtly musical in its phrasing and exact. Add to these her highly vulnerable sense of herself, and the result is a voice like no other in contemporary journalism.” ―Robert Towers, The New York Times Book Review
“Didion manages to make the sorry stuff of troubled times (bike movies, for instance, and Bishop James Pike) as interesting and suggestive as the monuments that win her dazzled admiration (Georgia O'Keeffe, the Hoover Dam, the mountains around Bogota). . . A timely and elegant collection.” ―The New Yorker
Joan Didion is highly regarded as a writer of both nonfiction and fiction and received the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2007. She lives in New York City.
There's nothing I can add to the reasons why this classic book is still fabulous. There's no one better than Joan Didion.Published 1 month ago by npdsleuth
I don't get why Joan Didion is such a big deal. Many of these essays were tough to understand and not particularly interesting to read.Published 2 months ago by Dawn to dusk
A collection of essays, the earlier ones are the best. Later, she becomes "Joan Didion" and while the writing is still excellent, of course, the essays lose much of their... Read morePublished 3 months ago by tom thompson
Re-purchase as my copy disappeared some years ago. Great copy.Published 9 months ago by Teresa McInerney