We are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not.

From the essay “On Keeping a Notebook” in Slouching Towards Bethlehem

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Joan Didion Portrait by her daughter Quintana Roo Dunne
1934–2021

About Joan Didion

Joan Didion was a journalist, novelist, memoirist, essayist, and screenwriter who wrote some of the sharpest and most evocative analyses of culture, politics, literature, family, and loss. She won the National Book Award in 2005 for The Year of Magical Thinking.

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A Celebration of the Life of Joan Didion

On September 21, 2022, the Cathedral Church of Saint John Divine hosted a celebration of Joan Didion’s life and work.

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Let Me Tell You What I Mean

With a foreword by Hilton Als, these pieces from 1968 to 2000, never before gathered together, offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary figure. They showcase Joan Didion’s incisive reporting, her empathetic gaze, and her role as “an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time” (The New York Times Book Review).

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Photo of Joan Didion and her daughter Quintana Roo Dunne at home.
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OCT 11, 2022–JAN 22, 2023

The Hammer Museum Presents Joan Didion: What She Means

Curated by Hilton Als, Joan Didion: What She Means is an exhibition as portrait, a narration of the life of one artist by another, featuring roughly 60 artists including Vija Celmins, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Maren Hassinger, Silke Otto-Knapp, John Koch, Jorge Pardo, Noah Purifoy, Ed Ruscha, Betye Saar, Pat Steir, and many others.