On Keeping a Notebook - A beautiful meditation on keeping notes that explores the heart of the writing process.
Holy Water - "Some of us who live in arid parts of the world think about water with a reverence others might find excessive."
After Life - In the aftermath of her husband’s death, Didion meditates on the fickle fragility of life.
Goodbye to All That - "When I first saw New York some instinct, programmed by all the movies I had ever seen and all the songs I had ever heard about New York, informed me that things would never be quite the same again."
In Sable and Dark Glasses - Growing up - J-diddy style.
Why I Write - Exploring the art of writing, and what it means to the author.
The Santa Ana - " There is something uneasy in the Los Angeles air this afternoon, some unnatural stillness, some tension. What it means is that tonight a Santa Ana will begin to blow…"
On Self Respect - "Once, in a dry season, I wrote in large letters across two pages of a notebook that innocence ends when one is stripped of the delusion that one likes oneself…"
Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream - The dark side of the American Dream.
Fixed Opinions, or The Hinge of History - A startlingly insightful account of the ideological aftermath of 9/11.