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Letter "J" » Joan Didion Quotes
«[In her devastating new book,] The Year of Magical Thinking, ... cut loose any fixed idea I had ever had about death, about illness, about probability and luck, about good fortune and bad, about marriage and children and memory, about grief, about the ways in which people do and do not deal with the fact that life ends, about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself.»
«I could not count the times during the average day when something would come up that I needed to tell him, ... This impulse did not end with his death. What ended was the possibility of response.»
«Western Attitudes Toward Death.»
«This one is really fantastic, ... It's not about grieving. It's about what happens when people die.»
«The shock of it was that this time, she had a lot of strength, ... Her husband and I assumed she'd overcome it.»
«I'm not sure I would have anyway, ... If I had been writing it at the time she died, that would have become part of it. It was about a specific period of going crazy and getting over it.»
«I never had to finish sentences because he would finish them for me, ... I never got why. What was good for him was good for me. What was good for me was good for him. I don't understand what school of marriage they're thinking about.»
«It's always something minor. Some bit of information. Some interesting development. I think it hits people forever.»
«I am sort of religious. But I don't believe in a personal God, ... I believe in geology. You can't be in an earthquake ? without believing in that. It's pretty awe-inspiring. It's not personal. I don't feel the lack of a personal.»
«[Outside, a ceiling of pearly gray clouds coalesced over Manhattan, and the apartment had grown dark.] It just keeps dripping. It's been like this all week, ... Rain would be a relief.»