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The Best Non-Fiction of 2011
23 Feb 2012 // 3:00 PM
Books have a long shelf-life. A loved book may outlast its original owner by a generation – or more -- if well cared for. With that in mind, we recall our best loved books of 2011 here, well into 2012. Better late than never...
Reinventing the Southern California Novel: Marisa Silver’s The God of War
29 Sep 2008 // 5:00 PM
Silver took the vital ingredients of a regional novel and composed an L.A. tale, but set many miles east -- at the edge of the desolate Salton Sea -- a wasteland that would have held tremendous appeal to T.S. Eliot.
Joan Didion Bio 'The Last Love Song' Is an Example of What We Tell Ourselves When Our Subject Won't
29 Sep 2015 // 8:04 PM
Tracy Daugherty's well-meaning but misguided biography of Joan Didion is marred by supposition and stylistic mimicking.
Things Fall Apart: Joan Didion's 'Blue Nights'
29 Nov 2011 // 3:00 PM
Joan Didion is unmoored by loss. Out of that loss comes this second, searing memoir, Blue Nights.
Joan Didion talks about the fears that harried the writing of ‘Blue Nights’
6 Nov 2011 // 10:35 PM
NEW YORK — “Writers,” Joan Didion observed in 1968, “are always selling somebody out.” It’s one of those classic Didion statements, epigrammatic yet personal, a line