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A Few Thoughts on Joan Didion

She taught us to tell the stories that made us uncomfortable

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Once in a while, you read something that is so indelible in its tone and temperament that it immediately changes what you imagine writing is all about. That is how it was for me with Joan Didion. It’s not that I recognized myself in her writing, which is why…

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