Joan Didion

  • Calendar

    October 2, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Backwards to the Present: More New New California Writing (Part II)

    Forgot to mention a couple of the other must-have-read already writers in the newest anthology of best California writing of the year from Heyday. You might recall from last week my weird reading triage, first noting what I remembered from journals originally printing short stories, poems and essays ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2013

    Deadpan or Dead: Jim Gavin's Middle Men is the Real So Cal Existential Dread Deal

    Good morning. Are you sure you've found the real deal when you see it? I mean the Real Deal, in caps, or in quotes, or whatever punctuation is required to separate if from the rest? Friends, home-grown So Cal short story writer Jim Gavin is the R.D., though most everybody already knew that except, i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2012

    Juan Flores Rides, and Falls, Again: Deanne Stillman's Desert Reckoning

    I swear this heat is messing with my sleep, so that when I woke at four the other morning it was as if the accumulated bodily discomfort of the previous day's scorching here in Modjeska Canyon had stuck around, morphing into some kind of itchy psycho-emotional discontent, a near-existential nervous ... More >>

  • Film

    August 27, 2009
  • Culture

    June 12, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 25, 2007

    Thursday's Headlines & Surprises: Can The Borg Show Compassion?

    Car Booting Violence: The folks over at Universal Guaridan Holdings, Inc. in Newport Beach are smiling today because their Cobra StunLight (pictured) “was successfully used to help disable an armed assailant” recently in downtown Atlanta. They say Jeremiah Day was booting illegally parked cars w ... More >>

  • Features

    February 8, 2007

    Three's a Crowd

    'What I learned from being the other woman, even if I was only a girl

  • Culture

    August 31, 2006

    Selling Out

    Talented new novelist Maile Meloy needs to burn her bridges

  • Culture

    June 1, 2006

    Tiny Miracles

    The anthropological art of Polaroid photographs

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2006

    Tapping the Source... and maybe your phone

    Perhaps because it's in the Drinking Issue, Cornel Bonca's review of Paula L. Woods' new novel Strange Bedfellows (featured in Selected Reviews from the Weekly on the sidebar) reminded me both of my own experiences with bad novels and my favorite quote from one very good novel, Waguih Ghali's Beer i ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 10, 2005

    Grief Works

    Joan Didions Magical memoir on death

  • Features

    January 6, 2005

    Imagining Orange County

    Its not the O.C., not Disneyland, not Newport. Eight writers imagine the real place you call home

  • Music

    October 14, 2004

    Cleveland Rocked

    Vote for Change and Vote Often

  • Culture

    January 15, 2004

    Art of War

    Howard Zinns Artists in Times of War

  • Columns

    November 13, 2003

    The Fire Inside

    How many of us secretly love the ashes

  • Culture

    November 6, 2003

    Mass Forgetting

    Joan Didion tells you how we live in the greatest state in the greatest country on the greatest planet!

  • Culture

    July 24, 2003

    The Anti-Rebel

    Maile Meloys brittle Southern Californians are real, no kidding

  • Music

    December 19, 2002

    Rock & Roll Detox

    The Sharp Ease are an apocalyptically charismatic band for these apocalyptically Republican times

  • Culture

    November 14, 2002

    UC Irvine vs. the Shrinking J

    Already a creative-writing machine, Irvine turns to literary journalism

  • Culture

    September 12, 2002

    Retrospective Fatigue

    Is it still too early to say something smart about Sept. 11?

  • News

    August 29, 2002

    Our Man in San Salvador

    Notorious generals U.S. ties ran through an ex-OC cop

  • Culture

    July 4, 2002

    Why They Hate Us

    The American Scenesters bubbleheaded Californians

  • Culture

    February 21, 2002

    Shut Up and Take It

    Joan Didions insiders guide to the insiders

  • Culture

    May 4, 2000

    The Gay Inferno

    Fabulous Hell doesnt try to promote the upbeat living-with-AIDS story

  • Culture

    November 18, 1999

    Punk Junkies

    How to be part of the Zeitgeist without being onto it