Why She Writes

Twelve newly collected essays are a reminder of Joan Didion’s prescience.

Her gaze is like a sentry on the page, permanently trained on what is being disguised.

By DURGA CHEW-BOSE By Joan Didion DURGA CHEW-BOSE is the author of “Too Much and Not in the Mood.” PHOTOGRAPH BY FRED R. CONRAD/THE NEW YORK TIMES
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THERE IS NO MISTAKING, at the mention of plastic hydrangeas, that one is reading Joan Didion. Much like the words “MIRACLES STILL HAPPEN” written in pink icing on a Gamblers Anonymous anniversary cake, or the paper napkins at the Hearst Castle, fake...

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