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Joan Didion

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  • 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...
  • 'Inherent Vice' by Thomas Pynchon

    'Inherent Vice' by Thomas Pynchon
    "Inherent Vice" is Thomas Pynchon doing Raymond Chandler through a Jim Rockford looking glass, starring Cheech Marin (or maybe Tommy Chong). What could easily be mistaken as a paean to 1960s Southern California is also a sly herald of that era's end....
  • After a decade of fear, we're connected to writing in new ways

    After a decade of fear, we're connected to writing in new ways
    This is a decade that ended much as it began: with anxiety over technology and a feeling that the world as we know it might be coming to an end. Remember? Ten years ago, we were dealing with Y2K anxiety, and even the most skeptical of us -- if we're...
  • 'The Room and the Chair' by Lorraine Adams

    'The Room and the Chair' by Lorraine Adams
    The Room and the Chair A Novel Lorraine Adams Alfred A. Knopf: 316 pp., $25.95 Lorraine Adams is a singular and important American writer. "The Room and the Chair" establishes this without question: It is remarkable for its ambitions and its...
  • Queens of L.A.'s lo-fi scene

    Queens of L.A.'s lo-fi scene
    It's the night after New Year's Eve and hundreds of kids are crammed into the Smell, the downtown DIY tabernacle of the Los Angeles avant-garde. A sweating mass of art students, skate punks and subterranean scene staples ecstatically moshes to a...
  • Paperback Writers: Unlucky 'Eileen'

    Paperback Writers: Unlucky 'Eileen'
    Brian Moore was born in Northern Ireland, immigrated to Canada and spent much of his life living here in California, in Malibu. He wrote scripts, short stories and a string of novels, many of which, like "The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne," "Black Robe"...
  • 'The Paris Review Interviews, Volumes I-IV'

    'The Paris Review Interviews, Volumes I-IV'
    In 1958, Malcolm Cowley edited the first collection of interviews with contemporary authors from the pages of the Paris Review. Over the intervening half-century, the Review has packaged up more than a dozen additional volumes of this material, most...
  • Pico Iyer on the tyranny of the moment

    Pico Iyer on the tyranny of the moment
    It was already clear, in December of 1999, that books were a dying species. Already more people seemed interested in producing novels than consuming them, and when it came to serious works, there seemed more fascination with the writer than the writing....
  • Filling in the once-bawdy blank

    Decades before "The Osbournes" gave the American public a peek into the family life of a rock legend, before "Chaotic" detailed pop princess Britney Spears' unraveling, before "Being Bobby Brown" captured celebrity dysfunction in its fullest flower, one...