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

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

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