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Joan Didion

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  • Tom Wolfe to receive the National Book Foundation's highest honor

    Tom Wolfe to receive the National Book Foundation's highest honor
    Tom Wolfe is one of the reasons I got into journalism and, really, into writing in general. His pieces mixed facts and traditional reporting with striking personal accounts and interesting literary techniques in way that appeased both my type-A...
  • 'Girls Like Us' links lives of 3 singers

    Sisterhood—in the family and body politic—can be a beautiful abstraction and a real pain in the neck. It's an evanescent ideal that sometimes takes shape in historic movements. And it's the cosmic force behind Sheila Weller as she tries to...
  • California, Golden State of constant crisis

    California, Golden State of constant crisis
    California, the media like to tell us, faces an unprecedented fiscal crisis. The budget deficit is $40 billion and growing. The state is so short of cash that, within days, it may issue IOUs, rather than checks, to pay its bills. The Legislature, bitterly...
  • 'The Spare Room,' by Helen Garner

    The Spare Room A Novel Helen Garner Henry Holt: 192 pp., $22 When a friend shares that she has late-stage cancer, compassion is easy to come by. We feel the shock of the diagnosis. We grieve for what may be ahead. We jump into action, volunteering...
  • 'A Jury of Her Peers' by Elaine Showalter

    'A Jury of Her Peers' by Elaine Showalter
    A Jury of Her Peers American Women Writers From Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx Elaine Showalter Alfred A. Knopf: 608 pp., $30 The title of this, the "first literary history of American women writers ever written," explains Elaine Showalter, comes...
  • 'Important Artifacts and Personal Property . . .' by Leanne Shapton

    Important Artifacts and Personal Property From the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry Leanne Shapton Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 129 pp., $18 paper In a 1979 New York Review...
  • William Emerson dies at 86; Newsweek journalist covered the South

    William A. Emerson Jr., who covered civil rights flash points as part of a cadre of gutsy Southern reporters and later served as editor in chief of the Saturday Evening Post, has died. He was 86. Emerson, whose health had declined after a stroke, died...
  • John Leonard dies at 69; erudite critic was early champion of Toni Morrison and other writers

    Literary and cultural critic John Leonard, an early champion of Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and many other authors, and so consumed and so informed by books that Kurt Vonnegut once praised him as "the smartest man who ever lived," has died. He...
  • This town is rated noir

    NOIR is the indigenous Los Angeles form: It was created here, it grew up here and from here it spread, not only as a genre but as a way of looking at life, character and fate. As a framing lens, it's now so powerful that it seems not only to be a strategy...
  • 'Losing Mum and Pup' by Christopher Buckley

    'Losing Mum and Pup' by Christopher Buckley
    Some years ago, when they still lived in Malibu, the late John Gregory Dunne and his wife, Joan Didion, entertained a prominent magazine journalist and author at dinner. It was December and, afterward, they invited their guest to accompany them to their...
  • 'Nothing Was the Same' by Kay Redfield Jamison

    'Nothing Was the Same' by Kay Redfield Jamison
    In the prologue to "Nothing Was the Same," Kay Redfield Jamison writes, "It has been said that grief is a kind of madness. I disagree. There is a sanity to grief, in its just proportion of emotion to cause, that madness does not have." Jamison should...