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

Joyce Carol Oates On Her Not So Didionesque Widowhood

In an interview today in The New York Times, Joyce Carol Oates talks about her reluctance to hire an assistant: I’m too shy to hire anyone. I couldn’t even bear the thought of it. I remember Margaret Drabble saying that it was really hard for her to hire a cleaning woman because it seemed like … Continue reading

Joan Didion Reads At Tulane

Joan Didion read from “The Year of Magical Thinking” last night at Tulane University. One attendee wrote on her Twitter: “Didion wears black tights and camel colored Uggs. Her voice is dry w/o emotion…” To go to the Tulane Creative Writing blog, click here. This is an excerpt from The Times – Picayune blog about … Continue reading

JoanDidion.info Now On Twitter!

We are now on Twitter; An even more convenient way to keep up-to-date with Joan Didion news. Join us: http://twitter.com/joandidioninfo

“I Had To Justify The Emerald”: Joan Didion Attends Kelly Writers House

Joan Didion attended the Kelly Writers House at UPenn on March 30th/31st 2009. *** Click here to read an article about this in the Daily Pennsylvanian. *** Click here to stream the Quicktime video of her reading, with an introduction by Al Filreis, the faculty director of the Writers House. Click here to listen to … Continue reading

Chip McGrath Profiling New York Review of Books Editor Robert Silvers For The Times

From The Observer, click here. New York Times writer-at-large Charles “Chip” McGrath, the 65-year-old former editor of the paper’s Sunday book review, is working on a profile of New York Review of Books editor Robert Silvers. The piece will appear in The Times’ Arts section just as soon as Mr. McGrath finishes it, which he … Continue reading

New Dates Announced for Vanessa Redgrave’s Performance of “The Year of Magical Thinking: The Play”; Joan Didion and David Hare Will Attend.

  The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York has announced new dates for a special charity performance of “The Year of Magical Thinking: The Play” starring Vanessa Redgrave. The date had been set for April, but was delayed due to the unexpected death of Natasha Richardson, Redgrave’s daughter. It will now … Continue reading

Joan Didion Spotted in L.A.

Source: LAobserved.com Boutiques and other small shops are closing like mad on Montana Avenue and on West 3rd Street, Melrose Avenue and Robertson Boulevard, the L.A. Business Journal observes in a front-page (free) story in this week’s issue. On Montana, “about 30 shops have ‘sale’ signs in their windows…[and] an additional 31 boutiques have closed or … Continue reading

Vanessa Redgrave Says Show Must Go On, Just Not Yet

Vanessa Redgrave will go ahead with a special performance of The Year of Magical Thinking — a one-woman stage show based on Joan Didion’s wrenching account of losing her husband and daughter — despite daughter Natasha Richardson’s recent death, the New York Post reports (incorrectly). The performance at New York’s Cathedral at St. John the Divine is scheduled for … Continue reading

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