Learning From The Best #JoanDidion

My Happy Morning Photo: Learning From The best

I called my photo the ‘Happy Morning Photo’ First because my books arrived today and second because as you may tell I am in bed writing and catching up. Yes, in bed which has now become my office on a Saturday and sometimes a Sunday morning. (Unless of course I am about to receive visitors).

Joan Didion an absolute inspiration why had I not discovered this lady before?

I stumbled upon Joan’s story on Netflix  Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold. And have since watched it now four times, it was her voice that first drew my attention to her story.

The first thing I thought was ‘I want to be her’  Her soft relaxed tone combined with the vast knowledge she exuberates takes us to a place that we of my generation can only wish that we had been there.

I’m over in San Diego again soon and would love the oppertunity to meet Joan.

She is a lady of grace, respect and morals something many are lacking in today’s society, but what has she done to deserve such wonderful reviews?

Born December 5, 1934 Joan is an American journalist and writer of novels, plays, screenplays, and autobiographical works. Joan is best known for her literary journalism and memoirs.

In her novels and essays, Joan explores the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos; the overriding theme of her work is individual and social fragmentation.

At the peak of her career, her writing was recognized for its significance in defining and observing American subcultures for mainstream audiences.

In 1968, The New York Times referred to her early work as containing “grace sophistication, nuance and irony.

Read More Here.

I couldn’t agree more with the New york Times, she has definitely become my inspiration and I will learn a lot from Joan through her books, three of which I received through the mail today and there are more to come.

If you haven’t watched it then do so it doesn’t matter whether you’re a writer or not and those who aren’t her story may just inspire you and who knows we may see an influx of new writers in the future.

Let me know your thoughts on Joan’s story, it would be interesting to see if others felt the way I did after watching it.






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