| Mar 13, 2011
The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War
Deb Olin Unferth
Henry Holt: 212 pp., $24
In the 1980s, Central America was astir with civil unrest, in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua. While nation-states and their proxies intervened...
| Jul 17, 2012
| 2:44 PM
UC Irvine — The year was 1968. The Age of Aquarius was in full swing. The Tet offensive was pushing forward. And, Joan Didion's "Slouching Toward Bethlehem" was published.
It was amid this period of cultural and political upheaval that UCI ,...
| Apr 15, 2012
Abuse, betrayal, addiction and grief form the base for memoirs these days — even beautiful ones like Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking. But Swim: Why We Love the Water, by pioneering TV news correspondent Lynn Sherr, breaks from the...
| Mar 18, 2012
The Guardians: An Elegy
Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 128 pp., $20
For more than a year, I've been on a reader's grief patrol. Memoir about a mother dying of cancer? Story of a husband's stroke? Taking care of a declining relative on a...
| Oct 21, 2011
| 9:55 AM
WSHU Presents “Join the Conversation” with the writer, blogger and cultural critic. Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., University Commons, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, sacredheart.edu
It takes talent to pivot, the way James...
| Oct 30, 2011
"Writers," Joan Didion observed in 1968, "are always selling somebody out." It's one of those classic Didion statements, epigrammatic yet personal, a line that unpacks itself the more we consider what it implies. Didion may have been referring to...
| Apr 9, 2012
Ann Lurie isn't very good at being merely a name etched in granite.
Take the coming fundraising gala to celebrate the completion of the new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, a 1.25 million-square-foot facility in Streeterville with...
| Jun 26, 2012
The show: Joan Didion's “The Year of Magical Thinking,” a solo show based on her memoir, at the Westport Country Playhouse
First impressions: Starting with Alexander Dodge's Zen-like set, you know you are in for an experience of...
| Jun 26, 2012
| 8:05 AM
It's widely known that writer Joan Didion's late husband, John Gregory Dunne, was raised in the Hartford area; she chronicled her grief at his passing in The Year of Magical Thinking, which won the National Book Award. More recently, Didion penned Blue...
| Nov 21, 2011
| 5:21 PM
A little over a month after the October 14 release of Footloose, consensus has settled in: Craig Brewer’s remake doesn’t cut it. What little praise has been allocated to the film has been faint, and most of it directed to Miles Teller&...
| Nov 30, 2011
The Age of Movies
The Selected Writings of Pauline Kael
Edited by Sanford Schwartz
Library of America, $40
Witty, entertaining and often exhilarating, this wide-ranging collection of pieces captures the film critic at her best.