Joan Didion Essays On Self Respect

“Another thing I need to do, when I'm near the end of the book, is sleep in the same room with it...Somehow the book doesn't leave you when you're asleep right next to it.” Yes. Didion faced two unimaginable tragedies in her later life — the loss of her husband and daughter, in quick succession. And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave's a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace.

“I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means.

Within this essay, and in all of her work, the thing that holds the center is Didion herself.

As Evan Carton puts it in his analysis of , “Didion is not ‘at the center’ because she is…

There aren’t many writers who hate books and recoil at the thought of reading an essay.

A love of reading is part of the package, and Didion expresses her love of reading beautifully, in ways that other book nerds can understand.

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