I’ve loved Joan Didion’s writing since I discovered her work at age eighteen (I share more about this in my essay on what Joan means to me), so to get the chance to interview her for Belletrist was an honor. We share a few things in common: our fondness for California; our journaling habit; and our love of acting.
We were able to dive into all of that and more during our conversation about her new book, South and West. In the process of interviewing this iconic author, and one of my personal heroes, I was once again overwhelmed by her wisdom, her work ethic, and her commitment to experiencing life.
I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.
From the best-selling author of the National Book Award-winning The Year of Magical Thinking: two extended excerpts from her never-before-seen notebooks–writings that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary writer. Didion’s notes display her characteristic verbal power: details such as “bananas would rot, and harbor tarantulas” (about New Orleans weather) punctuate this short volume. Students of social history, fans of Didion, and those seeking a quick, engaging read will appreciate this work: the raw immediacy of unedited prose by a master has an urgency that more polished works often lack.
Joan Didion is the author of five novels and nine books of nonfiction. Her collected nonfiction, We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, was published by Everyman’s Library in 2006. Born in Sacramento, California, Didion now lives in New York City.
Joan Didion’s A Book of Common Prayer, Blue Nights, Democracy, The Last Thing He Wanted, Miami, Political Fictions, Run River, Salvador, Where I Was From, and The Year of Magical Thinking are available in Vintage paperback.
Emma Roberts is an actress & producer known for her roles in films such as We’re The Millers & Nerve, and the television series Scream Queens & American Horror Story. Born in New York, but raised in LA, Emma now splits her time between both, but prefers New Orleans. When she was 5 years old, Emma wrote a wish list, and at the top of it she wished “to own all the books in the world.” As of 2017, the wish has not been granted, but not for a lack of trying.