Story | Nov 18, 2012
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Story | 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 journalism when she wrote that in the preface to "Slouching Towards Bethlehem," but she was also, as directly as can be imagined, addressing herself. "My only advantage as a reporter is that I am so physically small, so temperamentally unobtrusive, and so neurotically inarticulate that people tend to forget that my presence runs counter to their best interests. And it always does," she acknowledged earlier in the same paragraph, and it is this clarity, this edge of laser-sharp engagement, that sets her apart. For nearly 50 years now, her work has been defined by what she calls "triangulation," which is a way of explaining how she asserts herself in a piece of writing — to tell a reader where she is.
Story | Dec 22, 2011 | 8:15 AM
Story | Dec 27, 2011 | 8:31 AM
Earlier this week, I named the Ten Best Shows in Connecticut in 2011. But once you start looking back on a year, there’s just no stopping. So here’s a playful retro glance at some of the highlights, performances, newsworthy events and people...
Story | Jul 26, 2011