Tag Archives: Joan Didion

For Today, But Really Every Day: Ladies I Love

I love these women for a variety of reasons: they inspire, they entertain, they challenge, they leave me in awed silence, they provoke, or they were “there” in my most formative years, holding out a torch to lead the way. … Continue reading

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Excerpt from Slouching Towards Bethlehem: ‘John Wayne: A Love Story’, by Joan Didion

For John Wayne’s Birthday A second excerpt from the essay collection: Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics), by Joan Didion This is one of the best things written about John Wayne. It’s not just an essay about who he was … Continue reading

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2015 Books Read

Even I am impressed with how much I read this year. Along the course of the year, occasionally I’d think to myself, “Good job, Sheila, with your Self-Imposed Reading Plan!” I’ve read a lot of new novels (not really my … Continue reading

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Recommended Books: Fiction

I’ve been working on this list for a couple of weeks. I also plan on doing Non-Fiction and other categories in my out-of-control library. Some authors are represented multiple times. Other authors aren’t represented at all. For no real reason. … Continue reading

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2013 Books Read

It’s been a hell of a year. Devastating as well as redemptive. I started it out in Memphis, and end it here in New Jersey. And now my new niece Pearl has arrived! It’s been both a busy year as … Continue reading

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The Panic in Needle Park (1971), Jezebel (1938), I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007), The Snake Pit (1947)

The Panic in Needle Park Directed by Jerry Schatzberg I’ve written before about seeing Dog Day Afternoon when I was around 12 years old. Way too young to see it, or get a lot of it, but it changed the … Continue reading

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For International Women’s Day: Ladies I Love

I love them for a variety of reasons: they inspire, they entertain, they challenge, they leave me in awed silence, they provoke, or, most importantly, they were “there” in my most formative years as a child, and held out a … Continue reading

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The Books: Blue Nights, by Joan Didion

Still on the essays shelf. Blue Nights by Joan Didion. (You’ll notice that not all of these books are essays. True. But I have to keep an author in one place with all of her different works.) I had been … Continue reading

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The Books: The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion

Still on the essays shelf. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. (You’ll notice that not all of these books are essays. True. But I have to keep an author in one place with all of her different works.) … Continue reading

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The Books: Where I Was From, by Joan Didion

Still on the essays shelf. Where I Was From by Joan Didion, is not a book of essays, but, like her books Miami and Salvador, a book about a place, and in this case it is California, her home state, … Continue reading

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