Louis author and essayist Gerald Early is a baseball fan comes as no surprise to the millions of Americans who have viewed filmmaker Ken Burns' popular PBS documentaries on baseball and jazz.
Early, who served as a consultant and commentator on the Burns documentaries, has written extensively on both subjects.
Didion’s nephew Griffin Dunne is making a documentary about her life and work since, strangely, no one has made a film celebrating one of our greatest living writers.
So to celebrate Didion’s 80th birthday, here are seven reasons that reading her work will change you — for the better, of course.
When Didion lost her husband, writer John Gregory Dunne, she channeled her grief into The Year of Magical Thinking, and the book became a Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of a National Book Award.
Not long after, she lost her daughter Quintana Roo, and Didion wrote Blue Nights in an effort to make some sense of that loss.
Didion opened the doors for generations of female essayists.
She was one of the few women pounding out prose right next to Hunter S.
In 1970 Lore Segal at The New York Times wrote, “A new novel by Joan Didion is something of an event.” Four decades later, the novels might not be new, but reading them still feels like an event.
If, as Cheryl Strayed proclaimed a few months back, “Essayists who happen to be women are having a banner year,” then those essayists owe a lot to Joan Didion.