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Joan Didion (1934–2021)

Autor(a) de The Year of Magical Thinking

45+ Works 30,140 Membros 665 Críticas 138 Favorited

About the Author

Born in Sacramento, California, on December 5, 1934, Joan Didion received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1956. She wrote for Vogue from 1956 to 1963, and was visiting regent's lecturer in English at the University of California, Berkeley in 1976. Didion also published novels, mostrar mais short stories, social commentary, and essays. Her work often comments on social disorder. Didion wrote for years on her native California; from there her perspective broadened and turned to the countries of Central America and Southeast Asia. Her novels include Democracy (1984) and The Last Thing He Wanted (1996). Well known nonfiction titles include Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968), The White Album (1979), The Year of Magical Thinking (2005) and Blue Nights (2011). In 1971 Joan Didion was nominated for the National Book Award in fiction for Play It As It Lays. In 1981 she received the American Book Award in nonfiction, and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Prize in nonfiction for The White Album. Didion has received a great deal of recognition for The Year of Magical Thinking, which was awarded the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2005. In 2007, Didion received the National Book Foundation's annual Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2009, Didion was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Harvard University. On July 3, 2013 the White House announced Didion was one of the recipients of the National Medals of Arts and Humanities presented by President Barack Obama. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Joan Didion

The Year of Magical Thinking (2005) 10,260 exemplares
Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (1968) 4,103 exemplares
Play It As It Lays (1970) 2,908 exemplares
The White Album (1979) 2,415 exemplares
Blue Nights (2011) 1,577 exemplares
A Book of Common Prayer (1977) 1,055 exemplares
Where I Was From (2003) 822 exemplares
Democracy (1984) 729 exemplares
Salvador (1983) 691 exemplares
The Last Thing He Wanted (1996) 639 exemplares
After Henry: Essays (1992) 538 exemplares
Miami (1987) 529 exemplares
South and West (2017) 527 exemplares
Let Me Tell You What I Mean (2021) — Autor — 450 exemplares
Political Fictions (2001) 443 exemplares
Run River (1963) 425 exemplares
Cars (Picture Puffin) (1984) 310 exemplares
Vintage Didion (2004) 161 exemplares
Fixed Ideas: America Since 9.11 (2003) 150 exemplares
Joan Didion: The 1960s & 70s (2019) 142 exemplares
Joan Didion: The 1980s & 90s (2021) 66 exemplares
Live and Learn (2005) 54 exemplares
A Star Is Born [1976 film] (1976) — Screenwriter — 53 exemplares
Joan Didion: Collected Essays (2018) 51 exemplares
Up Close & Personal [1996 film] (1996) — Writer — 31 exemplares
Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire (2005) 20 exemplares
Joan Didion: What She Means (2022) 16 exemplares
True Confessions [1981 film] (1981) — Screenwriter — 13 exemplares
The Panic in Needle Park [1971 film] (2014) — Screenwriter — 11 exemplares
After Henry {essay} 6 exemplares
Goodbye to All That 4 exemplares
On Self-Respect 2 exemplares
Didion, Joan Archive 2 exemplares
White Album 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Art of the Personal Essay (1994) — Contribuidor — 1,369 exemplares
The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) — Contribuidor — 773 exemplares
The Norton Book of Women's Lives (1993) — Contribuidor — 408 exemplares
The New Journalism (1973) — Contribuidor — 335 exemplares
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Contribuidor — 274 exemplares
Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology (2002) — Contribuidor — 228 exemplares
Reporting Civil Rights, Part 2: American Journalism 1963-1973 (2003) — Contribuidor — 214 exemplares
The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism (1997) — Contribuidor — 214 exemplares
Maiden Voyages: Writings of Women Travelers (1993) — Contribuidor — 189 exemplares
The Best American Essays 1999 (1999) — Contribuidor — 184 exemplares
The Best American Travel Writing 2004 (2004) — Contribuidor — 182 exemplares
Eight Modern Essayists (1980)algumas edições177 exemplares
Some Women (1989) — Introdução — 153 exemplares
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Contribuidor — 142 exemplares
The Best American Essays 1992 (1992) — Contribuidor — 139 exemplares
The Best American Essays 1989 (1989) — Contribuidor — 100 exemplares
Women's Magazines, 1940-1960: Gender Roles and the Popular Press (1998) — Contribuidor — 89 exemplares
American Christmas Stories (2021) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
The Seasons of Women: An Anthology (1995) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
California Uncovered: Stories For The 21st Century (2005) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
On the Contrary: Essays by Men and Women (1984) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Open Secrets (1972) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
The Analog Sea Review: Number Four (2022) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Perfectly Candid (1994) — Photographed Subject — 1 exemplar


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Joan Didion? em Legacy Libraries (Novembro 2022)
Which Joan Didion book should I read first? em Book talk (Novembro 2019)


My own failing but there were times in some of these pieces that I had no idea what Joan Didion was writing about. The writing is so reliant on American popular cultural references that with the passage of time they have become opaque to non-American readers. Nevertheless, I enjoyed Joan Didion's insights, feistiness and her turn of phrase. This collection is a book I could and should re-read because there is treasure to be found and some of the pieces set me off into deep reflections on how to live. Perhaps the most memorable for me (because I read it yesterday) was in Seven Place of the Mind: The Seacoast of Despair. When the hopes and dreams of a mercantile culture come to fruition:

Who could think that the building of a railroad could guarantee salvation, when there on the lawns of the men who built the railroad nothing is left but the shadows of migrainous women, and the pony carts waiting for the long-dead children?
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simonpockley | 83 outras críticas | Feb 25, 2024 |
This is going to be a much less insightful review than an intensely insightful book deserves, but oh well. Her essays are pretty hit or miss for me---some of them are just fantastic (especially the ones with historical relevance), and some of them just don't do it for me (her knotty internal world can be interesting to me in an academic way, but I don't think like that and I don't want to).
caedocyon | 37 outras críticas | Feb 23, 2024 |
The essay about migraines was kind of amazing.
caedocyon | 83 outras críticas | Feb 23, 2024 |
Of course I recognize that this is a classic and a masterclass in nonfiction writing. I went thru a period about ten years ago where I read 3 or 4 Didion books in about as many months. I guess since then both the world and I have changed together, cuz I just don’t feel the same about this kind of book as I did back then. The section in “The Morning after the Sixties” where she talks about being at Berkeley in the fifties is a good example of what I mean. It’s just another work of post 60s malaise that settles comfortably into sedated fatalism, a phenomenon we’ll depicted in Adam Curtis’ film Hypernormalization. It’s sort of shocking to read the kind of opulence Didion and her family were living in back then. She makes a point in the beginning of the book about how living in California, contrary to popular belief, isn’t all milk and honey, and actually requires a rugged individual. It seems more likely to me that dealing with and recovering natural disasters is less about mindset and more about what’s in your bank account. Apparently these people could just up and move whenever they wanted. Of course that’s part of being a successful writer and intellectual, sure, but this book might as well be scripture to what was probably the most privileged group of people in the most privileged generation in American history.

Hard to not feel a little resentful.
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hdeanfreemanjr | 37 outras críticas | Jan 29, 2024 |


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