She’s unusually relaxed in this fascinating 1977 interview . . .

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Two early reviews refract the strange light of Didion’s novel

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First edition, cloth. Cover design by Janet Halverson,


Play It as It Lays, and the freedoms of interpretation

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Photo by Olia Gozha on Unsplash


Some notes on despair, desire, and determination in Joan Didion’s Play It as It Lays

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Didion co-wrote the screenplay for this faithful but almost-forgotten adaptation of her novel

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A resonant image from a promotional poster


Some connected designs of life and fiction

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Collage of pages from a 1992 HG article on the New York City apartment of Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunn


Joan Didion’s brief, indelible, and partly accidental masterpiece

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Photo by Nicole Honeywill on Unsplash

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