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Amazing news for women of all ages and bibliophiles alike: Joan Didion is being featured in Céline’s latest ad campaign, joining the growing list of older women who represent major consumer product companies. The journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and icon has been called the muse of the French luxury brand’s creative director, Phoebe Philo, who is quick to point out that age doesn’t limit the 80 year-old from being the ultimate Céline woman. Read More
The Fourth of July, or what I like to call, the holiday where I take a day off to eat BBQ, drink margaritas, and wear primary colors, is one of my favorite days of the year. It goes without saying that this is not because I feel inclined to celebrate a bunch of white guys in wigs and the beginning of colonial America. As a matter of fact, neither do I enjoy U.S. Read More
For all my pen-pushers out there: N+1 Magazine and Faber and Faber have recently teamed up to bring you a stellar new resource, particularly for those in early-career crisis mode: MFA vs. NYC. This essay collection spiritedly debates the merits of studying creative writing at a university-level versus essentially creating one's own discipline (/opportunities), here in the city. Read More
Though I remain convinced that this year's sweeping Twitter trend, “#readwomen2014,” was the agitated invention of my personal two good friends over a literary-minded meal one day – this movement, whatever its genesis, is gaining plenty of traction. The idea is this: in response to the hundreds and hundreds of years wherein penis-toters dominated literature, science, politics, you name it – we ladies will now do a bit of reclaiming and make a point to read only books written by women for the whole calendar year. Read More
Damn, Brainpickings always has the coolest book stuff! If you missed last week’s vintage library ads, go look at them now. And then come back. Right back. Because you need to look at these, too. Brainpickings has collected images of the first ads for famous books, from The Great Gatsby to Slaughterhouse-Five to The Joy Of Sex.          One thing that strikes me about these ads is just how many WORDS there are. Read More
Joan Didion, author and journalist, grew up a military brat around the time of World War II. She went to college at Berkeley, and after graduation wrote a telling account of “flower children” in the book Slouching Towards Bethlehem. In the book, one of these hippies predicts that she'll be faced with “double death” in her life. At the time, no one could have imagined that this dark line would, in fact, prove true. Didion’s husband, John Dunne, died of a heart attack at the dinner table on December 30, 2003, at the time their daughter, Quintana Roo, was very ill. Read More
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