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Joan Didion (1934–2021)

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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, näytä lisää 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) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

Maagisen ajattelun aika (2005) 10,366 kappaletta, 291 arvostelua
Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (1968) 4,236 kappaletta, 86 arvostelua
Play It As It Lays (1970) 3,008 kappaletta, 60 arvostelua
The White Album (1979) 2,502 kappaletta, 39 arvostelua
Iltojen sinessä (2011) 1,622 kappaletta, 63 arvostelua
Keskipäivän illuusio : romaani (1977) 1,071 kappaletta, 13 arvostelua
Where I Was From (2003) 839 kappaletta, 15 arvostelua
We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live (2006) 777 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
Democracy (1984) 748 kappaletta, 11 arvostelua
Salvador (1983) 704 kappaletta, 11 arvostelua
The Last Thing He Wanted (1996) 648 kappaletta, 8 arvostelua
South and West (2017) 550 kappaletta, 20 arvostelua
After Henry: Essays (1992) 547 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Miami (1987) 540 kappaletta, 8 arvostelua
Let Me Tell You What I Mean (2021) — Tekijä — 495 kappaletta, 16 arvostelua
Cars (Picture Puffin) (1984) 461 kappaletta, 9 arvostelua
Political Fictions (2001) 453 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Run River (1963) 434 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Vintage Didion (2004) 161 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Fixed Ideas: America Since 9.11 (2003) 153 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Joan Didion: The 1960s & 70s (2019) 148 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Year of Magical Thinking {drama} (2007) 110 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
Joan Didion: The 1980s & 90s (2021) 73 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
A Star Is Born [1976 film] (1976) — Screenwriter — 57 kappaletta
Live and Learn (2005) 55 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Joan Didion: Collected Essays (2018) 53 kappaletta
Up Close & Personal [1996 film] (1996) — Writer — 33 kappaletta
Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire (2005) 20 kappaletta
Joan Didion: What She Means (2022) 19 kappaletta
True Confessions [1981 film] (1981) — Screenwriter — 13 kappaletta
The Panic in Needle Park, 1971, ohjaus Jerry Schatzberg (2014) — Screenwriter — 12 kappaletta
Goodbye to All That 6 kappaletta
After Henry {essay} 6 kappaletta
On Self-Respect 4 kappaletta
Didion, Joan Archive 2 kappaletta
After life 1 kappale
Why I Write 1 kappale
On Going Home 1 kappale
Dryfujac do Betlejem (2021) 1 kappale
White Album 1 kappale
California Notes 1 kappale

Associated Works

The Art of the Personal Essay (1994) — Avustaja — 1,386 kappaletta, 9 arvostelua
Boom! Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today (2007) — Avustaja — 907 kappaletta, 21 arvostelua
The Best American Essays of the Century (2000) — Avustaja — 788 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
The Norton Book of Women's Lives (1993) — Avustaja — 413 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The New Journalism (1973) — Avustaja — 337 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Avustaja — 284 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology (2002) — Avustaja — 236 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism (1997) — Avustaja — 216 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Maiden Voyages: Writings of Women Travelers (1993) — Avustaja — 192 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Best American Essays 1999 (The Best American Essays) (1999) — Avustaja — 187 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Best American Travel Writing 2004 (2004) — Avustaja — 182 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Eight Modern Essayists (1980)eräät painokset181 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Some Women (1989) — Johdanto — 155 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Avustaja — 143 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Best American Essays 1992 (1992) — Avustaja — 138 kappaletta
The Best American Essays 1989 (1989) — Avustaja — 104 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (Expanded 10th-Anniversary Edition) (2008) — Avustaja — 94 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Women's Magazines, 1940-1960: Gender Roles and the Popular Press (1998) — Avustaja — 90 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
American Christmas Stories (2021) — Avustaja — 62 kappaletta
The Seasons of Women: An Anthology (1995) — Avustaja — 46 kappaletta
California Uncovered: Stories For The 21st Century (2005) — Avustaja — 31 kappaletta
On the Contrary: Essays by Men and Women (1984) — Avustaja — 15 kappaletta
Open Secrets (1972) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
The Analog Sea Review: Number Four (2022) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Perfectly Candid (1994) — Photographed Subject — 1 kappale

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


This book was recomended to me more than once. If you like the 1960s American scene, this book is packed with an insiders view from a well written author. Something about her style of writing is captivating. Below is a synopsis of the topics she covers:
Bishop James Pike.
The new governor's house
The Getty museum
Traffic control 16.2 mile route east - west
Jaycees wanting to improve lives, worried about the student protests
Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, he put “secular saints” in the stained-glass windows: Albert Einstein, John Glenn, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Tillich, Martin Buber and others
Brother Theobold (Robert J) messages from God, Biker movies, and individuals in the 'invisible city'.
Feminism Margaret Fuller versus Shulamith Firestone, amongst others, pointing out the movement leans too much on what is wrong rather than striving towards having fun.
Dorris lessing
Georgia O'Keeffe, stubborn attitude against conformity in art
Didion in Honolulu, her three year old 'in frangipani lei', National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, James jones
Economics of Hollywood studios
Didion's own migraines, serotonin LSD
Didion's book tour in Hartford with Barnes and Noble
Shopping centres
Didion's time in Colombia (Bogotá)
University of Berkeley 1953 "we were the last generation to identify with adults"
In Malibu, wildflowers, lifeguards, greenhouse nurseries, orchids, and wildfires.
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AChild | 38 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 14, 2024 |
I think I might read this again and then review it.
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Louisasbookclub | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 30, 2024 |
Didion is so successfully unsentimental. A sharp observer of humans and culture, precise and terrifying in her insight. Play it as it Lays is a book in the mind of a depressed, listless woman aimlessly floating in what Didion observes as the Californian decadence of the 60s, though the book never gives any such clear cut terms as clues. It's a bored but functioning nihilistic crowd that thinks it's seen everything and has money and nothing else to do. It's striking how she captures what it's like to live without meaning, maybe due to too much freedom of choice. It also feels like a lot of her personal fears jump out of the pages. A very dark, pessimistic mind without hope, so perfectly captured. But which still often feels the melancholia of being barely alive. "I know what nothing means, and I keep on playing." The tiny 1.5 to 2 page chapters' format makes it irresistible and hard to put down.… (lisätietoja)
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Louisasbookclub | 59 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 30, 2024 |
This book is great because of the matter of fact and sometimes visceral description of losing someone so close to you and grieving but otherwise it was pretty boring and I just didn't feel any connection to the character which might be somehow due to a distance caused by the grief of the writer but it still made it less impactful.
[minor spoilers in this paragraph, not that the book is the kind that you can spoil]
An example is that there is a scene where the daughter of the writer is being transferred from hospital to hospital and after a few pages of the writer mostly reminiscing about the past, they talk about two sentences. But all the time I just supposed the daughter was unconscious, sleeping, or in a coma. That's how disconnected you (and/or the author) are from the characters.
[end of minor spoilers]
And even if the books aim is to show you disconnect, it still means that I don't care about what I'm reading and that's a problem for me. If the book wasn't so short, I would have stopped reading it at the halfway point, checking out some of the last pages to see if anything else is going on. [spoiler again, no there wasn't anything new]
So the first 30 pages have a real impact, putting you face to face the possibility of death, but then it's mostly just reminiscing about random things from the past.
It also didn't help me to give a crap about the characters is their life is so perfectly boring and maybe not the best word but... privilieged. Where to buy a house, where to go on a vacation, when to go swimming in the ocean, how much time to spend on Hawaii. These are the kinds of things that happen to them. I never felt that I'm interested in reading other books by this author or her husband at any point even though there are plenty of references throughout the book.

I'd recommend Victor E. Frankl's Man's Search For Meaning over this book. It's just way more interesting how a psychiatrist in a death camp faces the closeness of death than some rich and boring american journalist/writer.
But again the first 30-40 pages have some gutwrenching realities that maybe everyone should face in the form of a book before they have to face it in reality.
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yellowdaniel | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 26, 2024 |


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