(born Joan Didion December 5, 1934) is an American writer renowned as a novelist, journalist and prose stylist.
Writers are always selling somebody out.
Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price.
The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs.
Was there ever in anyone's life span a point free in time, devoid of memory, a night when choice was any more than the sum of all the choices gone before?
One thing you will note about shopping-center theory is that you could have thought of it yourself, and a course in it will go a long way toward dispelling the notion that business proceeds from mysteries too recondite for you and me.
We tell ourselves stories in order to live.
A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.
Americans are uneasy with their possessions, guilty about power, all of which is difficult for Europeans to perceive because they are themselves so truly materialistic, so versed in the uses of power.
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