The Cool Hall of Fame #181


Joan Didion

8 comments:

MichaelRyerson said...

She looks like a little bird, albeit one with a nicotine habit, harking back to a time when we, one presumes, didn't know better.

estiv said...

I recently went through the Everyman edition of her collected non-fiction. As good as it was, there seemed to be a definite trend from beginning to end (the pieces were in chronological order): that famous combo of worldly perspicacity and emotional delicacy seemed to gradually lessen the further you went. Then in "The Year of Magical Thinking" it all came back. I guess a hard life does make for an interesting mind. Still, I'd rather read her when she's not at her absolute best than a lot of other people at all.
Also...cool pic.

Vergilio said...

Tom,
That is a "before" photo. Please, post the "after" one from Wikipedia.

Greetings.

Vergilio

paul said...

I set up a drop-in booksigning for her once- she signed for a half hour and said not a word to any of us, just "thank you" as she left.

Kreisler said...

Great writer, very good smoker

estiv said...

paul,

I get the impression that she's almost pathologically shy, that that strong personality so apparent in her writing is almost never expressed face-to-face. Which is not to say that she mightn't learn a little better manners.

Robert Fiore said...

By the evidence presented she was sure as hell cool then, even if she was swinging with the National Review.

Gerard Saylor said...

I believe portraits like that. Posed, poised, confident. I would see those when younger and think, "That's what important adults look like."