Did Alcoholism Kill Joan Didion's Daughter?

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… » 12/13/11 6:00pm 12/13/11 6:00pm

Didion's New Blue Nights Is Elegiac But Unsatisfying

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… » 11/04/11 12:40pm 11/04/11 12:40pm

This Week We Discovered Shoving Garlic Up Our Hoohas Was Srsly "Uncool"

  • Picture it: the Jezebel nursing home, the year 2068. We'll turn on our headchips to watch the disembodied skull of Oprah host her show, and Jennifer Aniston, having been cryogenically frozen, will have been unfrozen just to make an appearance. Oprah will still ask Jen how she feels about Angelina Jolie and Jen will…
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Joan Didion Is Kind Of A Downer About The Election

Last night, I went to see an event at the NYPL to celebrate the New York Review of Books » 11/11/08 5:20pm 11/11/08 5:20pm' 45th birthday. It was a and featuring a distinguished group of six panelists that included scholar Andrew Delbanco, writer Darryl Pinckney, and Joan Didion, the only woman on stage. The idea was for everybody to comment on the…

Esquire Editors Not-So-Fondly Remember A Few Females Who Once Wrote For…

So the other day Esquire » 10/16/08 2:00pm 10/16/08 2:00pm published its list of the . We noted that there was only one woman on the list, Flannery O'Connor, and this was their commentary on her book of short stories, , starting with an excerpt of hers: "She would of been a good woman... if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her…