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Joan Didion

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Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.


— Joan Didion


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Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power.


— Joan Didion


#ear #grammar #i #know #piano

Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price.


— Joan Didion


#having #price #question #recognizing #self-respect

I don't lead a writer's life. And I think that can be a source of suspicion and irritation to some people.


— Joan Didion


#i think #irritation #lead #life #people

We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget.


— Joan Didion


#forget #never #never forget #soon #things

You have to pick the places you don't walk away from.


— Joan Didion


#pick #places #walk #you

I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.


— Joan Didion


#fear #find #i #i see #i write

My own fantasies of what life would be like at 24 tended to the more spectacular.


— Joan Didion


#life #like #more #my own #own

The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to their dream.


— Joan Didion


#dream #into #listening #reader #their

When I'm working on a book, I constantly retype my own sentences. Every day I go back to page one and just retype what I have. It gets me into a rhythm.


— Joan Didion


#book #constantly #day #every #every day






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read like a novel. Didion wrote in her 2003 memoir Where I Was From that moving as often as her family did made her feel like a perpetual outsider. In the New York Times article Why I Write (1976) Didion remarks "To shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence as definitely and inflexibly as the position of a camera alters the meaning of the object photographed.

Joan Didion (born December 5 1934) is an American author best known for her novels and her literary journalism. A sense of anxiety or dread permeates much of her work.

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