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Wise Words: Didion’s Commencement Address at UC Riverside in 1975

  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.

Didion Receives Honorary Doctorate from Harvard

  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

Author Joan Didion comes to Cleveland for Writers Center Stage series

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

Boise Reading Cancelled; Didion “Hospitalised”

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

‘TYoMT: The Play’ Now In Hartford, Where “Memories Kept Flooding Back”

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

‘Bun B’ Does Bereavement

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

No Slouching: A Fresh Look At Yeats As Playwright

Dwight Garner has an article in today’s Times about a theatrical revisiting of Yeats’ plays to mark the 70th anniversary of his death. The Irish Repertory Theater in Manhattan, coming off its elegant restaging of Brian Friel’s 1979 play, “Aristocrats,” is bringing not just a few of Yeats’s plays back but all of them. The … Continue reading

Chris Matthews, A Hardball And A Half.

Media Life Magazine brings news that Mark Leibovich has been nominated for a National Magazine Award for his profile of Chris Matthews which appeared in The New York TImes Magazine. Here is an extract, (look out for the Didion reference!): “If Matthews has an overriding professional insecurity, it is being confined to the pigeonhole of … Continue reading

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