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Author Spotlight: Joan Didion
Joan Didion is a certain kind of hazy pink and orange — a California sunrise , or a golden hour when everything looks a bit more beautiful and strange. Didion is a household name, and not without reason. Her way of looking at the world — of place, of self, of identity, and of detail — is what makes her writing so poignant. All those possibilities. All that perfectly reconciled style. It made me afraid to put words down. There are few writers who can do nonfiction with the force that Didion can.
An idea popped in my head today. I thought, "let me write about Joan Didion. As I began bringing this idea to fruition a wave of anxiety washed over me as it often does when I realized I "had" to "rank" Joan Didion's books. Is it even possible to rank such a talented writer's work? And who am I to be the one doing it? I'm nowhere near as talented and haven't earned enough respect in the literary world to do such a thing. And while I am fearful in publishing something that feels above my pay grade, I have the wherewithal to know that this piece is a celebration, not a criticism.
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Joan Didion is one of our most important living writers, one who has written so widely it can be difficult to decide where to start with her work. She has written fiction, essays, memoir, journalism, social and political commentary, and more. So where should a reader start with her? Where you start with Didion depends on what kind of writing you want to read. First, decide what kind of reading experience you want to have. There is no wrong answer here and I promise none of them will lead to a premature and gory death!
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