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 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

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

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