Joan Didion Intro

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Job # 1387 Joan Didion Intro

Posted Date
Apr 13, 2006 @ 23:46
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Apr 14, 2006
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Serious, older female voice with a literary, intelligent tone. Deliberate pace, not rushed.

Let us say it simply: Joan Didion is the voice of contemporary California. From her definitive collections "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" and "The White Album" – which evoke a landscape of dislocation, fragmentation, where the center is not holding – to her more recent "Where I Was From" and "The Year of Magical Thinking," she has never aspired to anything less than telling us who we are. For Didion, reality comes with no resolution, no easy answers; we exist, she suggests, in a state of constant contradiction, in which "narrative is sentimental," but "we tell ourselves stories in order to live." It’s a difficult space to inhabit, but for the last forty-plus years, Didion has made her literary home there, unblinking, unflinching, unafraid to tell us how she sees it – which, in turn, enables us to see ourselves.

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