"Didion is the writer who expressed most eloquently the eternal-girl impulse, the one that follows us into adulthood: the desire to retreat to our room, to close the door, to spend some time alone with our thoughts and our feelings. She understood that the old governor’s mansion in Sacramento was superior to the Reagans’ giant tract house because it had big, airy bedrooms, “and one can imagine reading in one of them, or writing a book, or closing the door and crying until dinner.” She loved Alcatraz Island not only for the flowers and the view, but because she is a person who likes a moat."
A great piece about Didion. I realized she’s the literary equivalent of a Lisa Cholodenko film, where the clothes and surroundings are as much a part of the psyche as the relationships. Or maybe Lisa Cholodenko is the film equivalent of a Joan Didion book, either way.
(Source: The Atlantic)