Curated byMatthew Horovitz, Hark Contributor
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Joan Didion Spoke Across Generations

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Writer Emma Cline reads from Didion’s essay “Why I Write.”
Joan Didion Spoke Across Generations

The New Yorker Radio Hour

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Didion’s Literary High Wire Act

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Slate culture critics Julia Turner and Stephen Metcalf discuss Didion’s ability to pull off high-risk literary maneuvers, and Metcalf reads an excerpt from Didion’s classic essay ‘The White Album.’
Didion’s Literary High Wire Act

Culture Gabfest

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Joan Didion Didn't Offer Us Answers

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Novelist Lynn Steger Strong writes an appreciation of Didion’s lacerating prose that benefited from never trying to make sense of everything.
Joan Didion Didn't Offer Us Answers

Inside TIME

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The Potato Masher That Created California

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How a humble potato masher made its way across country with Joan Didion's ancestors, how it was made to symbolize the founding of California and Westward Expansion, and how Didion mocked these myths.
The Potato Masher That Created California

Good Food

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Joan Didion, Conservative

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Few people know that Joan Didion started out writing for National Review for six years and claimed late in her life that she would’ve voted for Barry Goldwater in every single election.
Joan Didion, Conservative

Know Your Enemy

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What Makes Didion Unique and Revered Today?

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Joan Didion's outsized influence on today's writers lies in her combination of empathy, detachment and acknowledgment of her own subjectivity within her writing.
What Makes Didion Unique and Revered Today?

Big Table

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“I Am So Temperamentally Unobtrusive”

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Terry Gross of Fresh Air interviews Joan Didion in1987 about her imaginary fictional playmates and how writing non-fiction forces Didion out into the world.
“I Am So Temperamentally Unobtrusive”

Fresh Air

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Joan Didion Reads from her Memoir "The Year of Magical Thinking"

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Joan Didion reads from her memoir "The Year of Magical Thinking" about the night her husband died, and then answers questions from Fresh Air's Terry Gross.
Joan Didion Reads from her Memoir "The Year of Magical Thinking"

Fresh Air

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Joan Didion was Hilarious

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Writer Hilton Als recalls what Didion was like in real life, and her fantastic grading scale.
Joan Didion was Hilarious

The New Yorker Radio Hour

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