In January 1977, I was riding north on the Pacific Coast Highway to interview Joan Didion at her home by the sea. I was euphoric and scribbling my impressions. It was raining that morning. On my left the bright gray ocean looked like wrinkled silver foil. On my right sat dirt-colored palisades, low cliffs covered by…
At an April 2 conference held at Boston University, literary journalist Gay Talese remarked to his audience that he could not name a single woman writer who inspired him. Wow guy!
How many five-figure dresses do you own? Say, none? (We’re not counting frocks on lend from Rent the Runway, btw.)
A reminder: while Franny and Zooey is now considered quite the classic, it wasn't always looked at that way, and one Joan Didion was part of the horde of critics and writers who didn't take to it immediately.
Earlier today, Grub Street offered a look into the culinary world of author (and famed entertainer) Joan Didion. "Joan Didion's Crème Caramel Recipe Is As Charming As She Is," touts the headline. Does that mean that her crème caramel is notably hostile? Because Joan Didion—and I mean this in the most adoring and…
Hey ladies, you know how we formed that '50s greaser gang awhile back? Well, I think it's time we got jackets. The good news is that I've found the perfect one. The bad news is that it costs $1,200 and the designer only made one of them.
The New York Times reached out to Joan Didion for comment on her new Céline ad; Didion was all, "And you are...?"
DO NOT KNOW WHERE TO PUT MY HANDS. In the most perfect model casting choice in the history of fashion, Céline has tapped Joan Didion for its latest advertising campaign. But is it too on the nose? It's somewhat conflicting while being totally invigorating, at the very least because Didion's famously ice-cold stare is…
Actor and filmmaker Griffin Dunne is making a movie about his aunt, Joan Didion, called We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order to Live (the title of the film, you'll note, is a Didion quote).
Writers love writing personal essays about leaving New York City but, mostly, women writers love writing personal essays about leaving New York City. Or so it sometimes seems.
Hollywood is adapting Joan Didion's 1977 novel A Book of Common Prayer and Christina Hendricks is set to play one of the lead characters.
Readers of Didion's recent memoir of grieving her daughter, Blue Nights, may be forgiven for remaining somewhat unclear, even upon finishing the book, as to what exactly killed Quintana Roo Dunne Michaels. Quintana, whom Didion often calls Q, was in 2005 a recently married New York-based photo editor in apparent good…
There are some writers who enter our consciousness at just the right time and remain firmly lodged there for life, affecting, like a penny in a drinking fountain, the taste of everything that comes after. I am speaking primarily of the books one reads between about the ages of 17 and 20. Whether classics or assigned…
The show Fairly Legal opens with the heroine, Kate, stumbling out of her houseboat and dodging repeated calls from someone labeled "The Wicked Witch of the West."
There are some questions that are transparently absurd even in the asking. Should you ever give up a rent-controlled apartment? is one such question. "Was Michelle Obama Jealous of Desirée Rogers?" is another.
The magazine may date from 1953, but the advice (via Modern Mechanix) is timeless. Let's learn from our farmer/model godmother, Tippi, as she juggles the responsibilities of running "from one New York studio appointment to the next" while also...raising horses.
A couple of years ago, my then-boyfriend wrote a piece of erotica about Joan Didion, which fact should go some ways towards explaining both why the relationship lasted as long as it did, and why we were ultimately incompatible: