Joan Didion

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Joan Didion in 2008

Joan Didion (born December 5, 1934) is an American writer renowned as a novelist, journalist and prose stylist.

Quotes[edit]

  • 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.
  • In many ways, writing is the act of saying I, of imposing oneself upon other people, of saying listen to me, see it my way, change your mind. It’s an aggressive, even a hostile act. You can disguise its aggressiveness all you want with veils of subordinate clauses and qualifiers and tentative subjunctives, with ellipses and evasions—with the whole manner of intimating rather than claiming, of alluding rather than stating—but there’s no getting around the fact that setting words on paper is the tactic of a secret bully, an invasion, an imposition of the writer’s sensibility on the reader’s most private space.
    • "Why I Write" (1975)
  • Grammar is a piano I play by ear, since I seem to have been out of school the year the rules were mentioned.
    • "Why I Write" (1975)
  • When I talk about pictures in my mind I am talking, quite specifically, about images that shimmer around the edges.
    • "Why I Write" (1975)

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