Joan Didion

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Joan Didion (born December 5, 1934) is an American author best known for her novels and her literary journalism. Her novels and essays explore the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos, where the overriding theme is individual and social fragmentation. A sense of anxiety or dread permeates much of her work.

Joan Didion was born in Sacramento, to parents Frank Reese and ... more »

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  • Americans are uneasy with their possessions, guilty about power, all of which is difficult for Europeans to perceive because they are themselves so truly materialistic, so versed in the uses of power....
    Joan Didion (b. 1934), U.S. essayist. "7000 Romaine, Los Angeles," Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1967, repr. 1968).
  • ''The fancy that extraterrestrial life is by definition of a higher order than our own is one that soothes all children, and many writers.''
    Joan Didion (b. 1934), U.S. essayist. "Doris Lessing," The White Album (1979).
  • It is often said that New York is a city for only the very rich and the very poor. It is less often said that New York is also, at least for those of us who came there from somewhere else, a city for ...
    Joan Didion (b. 1934), U.S. essayist. (First published 1967). "Goodbye to All That," Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968).
  • A pool is, for many of us in the West, a symbol not of affluence but of order, of control over the uncontrollable. A pool is water, made available and useful, and is, as such, infinitely soothing to t...
    Joan Didion (b. 1934), U.S. essayist. "Holy Water," The White Album (first published 1977, repr. 1979).
  • ''The apparent ease of California life is an illusion, and those who believe the illusion will live here in only the most temporary way.''
    Joan Didion (b. 1935), U.S. essayist. (First published 1977). "Holy Water," The White Album (1979).
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