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In a commencement address at the University of California, Riverside, in 1975, Didion offered a general imperative that still illuminates her own disposition, even in the darkest times: “I’m not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t think that progress is necessarily part of the package,” she said.
The following is a write-up of the Dominick Dunne event, which took place this past Monday evening: _____ Monday evening, Didion’s brother-in-law, producer, writer, and victim’s rights activist. Dominick Dunne was joined by Jason Tyrrell of IndiePix Films and co-director Kirsty de Garis at the Borders Bookstore in Columbus Circle to discuss the newly-released documentary, … Continue reading
Didion’s brother-in-law, Dominick Dunne is the subject of a biographical film, in which Didion is featured. The film is entitled, “Dominick Dunne: After the Party.” In the film, Vanity Fair’s more notorious celebrity journalist considers his life from childhood and heroism in World War II to his rise and ultimate fall in Hollywood, as well … Continue reading
Joan Didion received an honorary Doctorate of Letters today from Harvard University. The Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, the Noble prize-winning scientist Steven Woo, religious historian Wendy Doniger, legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin, immunologist Anthony S. Fauci, anthropologist Sarah Hrdy, engineer Robert Langer, musician Wynton Marsalis, and political scientist Sidney Verba were also awarded with doctorates … Continue reading
Didion Speaks: “It took me a long time to realize I was trying to come to terms with my failure to understand”
The reports are in on Joan Didion’s reading in Cleveland: Writer Joan Didion, whose spare, piercing sensibility has colored American culture for 40 years, talked about her craft Tuesday evening at the Ohio Theatre in Cleveland. At age 74, Didion’s fierceness in print contrasts with her fragility in person; she stumbled as she stepped up … Continue reading
From Cleveland.com In her 1968 book of essays called “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” Joan Didion wrote: “My only advantage as a reporter is that I am so physically small, so temperamentally unobtrusive, and so neurotically inarticulate that people tend to forget that my presence runs counter to their best interests. And it always does.” As one … Continue reading
Joan Didion will not be coming to Boise for The Cabin’s visiting author series, according to the Idaho Statesman yesterday. “Ms. Didion was hospitalized briefly this week and has been advised not to travel for the May 14 event,” said director Paul Shaffer. The event had been due to take place months ago, but was … Continue reading
In a New York Times article, published on April 22nd, 2009, Joan Didion comments on the news that her play, “The Year of Magical Thinking”, is being performed by TheatreWorks in Hartford, Connecticut, where her deceased husband, the writer John Gregory Dunne grew up. “It was fantastically green,” Ms. Didion, 74, recalled last month in a telephone … Continue reading
Rapheat.com reports that the rapper ‘Bun B’ has found the Year of Magical Thinking invaluable in dealing with the death of his bandmate, ‘Pimp C’: Rapper Bun B turned to author Joan Didion’s emotional book about the loss of her husband to help him overcome the death of his UGK bandmate Pimp C. Pimp C, real name Chad Butler, … Continue reading