Quotes by Joan Didion

5 Best Quotes By Joan Didion

"Anybody who talks about California hedonism has never spent a Christmas in Sacramento."


When one's thoughts gravitate towards American Literature and the finest writers to have ever emerged as part of one of the most widely read canons around the world, there is a tendency to prescribe such renown to those with ties to Northeast and the Deep South of United States.

With names such as Herman Melville, Henry James, Edith Wharton, William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, Harper Lee, and Philip Roth to names just barely a quarter of handful -- writers of various movements, and styles from across different generations, and times who's renown has grown as tall as the highest skyscraper in New York, and as fruitful as the lushest plantation in Mississippi -- it's hard not to privilege such parts of the United States with a reverence that is perhaps, rightfully deserved.

Nevertheless, while New York was busy enthralled by the latest Thomas Pynchon novel along with also having recently rediscovered its long lost love for F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby", out West, among the quiet suburbs of Sacramento, California, a city that even few Californians paid much heed to lost beneath the glamorous bliss of the booming film industry in Los Angeles, arose a writer named Joan Didion. Praised for her literary journalism and memoirs that identified and observed American subcultures for mainstream audiences, Didion also immersed her incisive hand into fiction, further reinforcing her trademarked style of exploring the issues of individual and social fragmentation in an America that was changing faster than the people who lived in it.

1. “Grammar is a piano I play by ear.”

There is no blueprint to good and great writing. There is only writing. Like all art, it begins from passion, and only from passion can it ever be made good. Made great.

2. “To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves--there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.”

In an age where much of our culture is consumed by social media -- how many likes we get on Instagram, or pokes on Facebook -- here perhaps, is a quote delivered several generations before who's relevance has but increased with the passing years. With our perception of dignity obsessively predicated what those around us expect of us, it is important to realize, and be reminded, that true fulfillment, and reverence comes when we learn to set our own expectations. And fulfill them.

3. “A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.”

We can only belong when we feel we belong within ourselves, and order to belong within ourselves, we first have to be ourselves, and before we can be ourselves, we must love ourselves. Among the greatest songs sung, the greatest stories told, there is no greater art than the art of being, and like all stories and songs stuck in a constant state of rewrites and edits, so to are we. But if we are to become the thing we love, we must write, rewrite, and edit, and afterwards, write, rewrite, and edit -- until we are the song, the story we love; the song, the story the belongs.

4. “A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty.”

Whether you get much coverage from CNN or Fox, or you are just one of many passing back and forth the street like the hand on the clock who's shadow passes as a tireless manner of tired routine, your existence, along with the actions and decisions you make because of it, in some way manifest as a manner of consequence. Remove yourself from this place, and the world in consequence, will be left a lesser place (and not just because of the extra space).

5. “Anybody who talks about California hedonism has never spent a Christmas in Sacramento.”

A line that has perhaps become all the more iconic for its appearance in Greta Gerwig's Academy Award nominated movie "Lady Bird", Didion takes a jab the persevered libertine lifestyle prescribed to California due to Hollywood's intoxicating influence. Nevertheless, as a place that has yielded writers such as John Steinbeck and Joan Didion herself, she among many of her Californians knew that the Golden State was a place far more capable than most, of yielding a greater subtlety. An introspection that has transformed Didion into one of America's greatist literary and journalistic icons.

At 84, and likely to stick around a little longer, there still remains a chance that Joan Didion might spare more of her insights and convictions from a long lost generation to one very much in need of insight and conviction. Before those of such a lifetime, pass into a generation that is long lost.

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50 Common Pet Peeves

The things we love to hate.

Pet peeves - those little annoyances that get under our skin and we just can't ignore, no matter how hard we try. Although everyone has their own unique pet peeves, there are a number of things which most people can't stand. Not only do we hate these things, but we love to bond over how much we hate them. It is surprising how entertaining it is to think of all the habits and activities that drive us mad. Take a second to think of your pet peeves. Now read on and see if any appear on this list of 50 common pet peeves (and be reminded of those pet peeves you forgot you have)! Share with friends and see how many people can't stand the same things as you!

  1. Slow walkers.
  2. The word “moist.”
  3. When a computer or phone won’t load a page fast enough.
  4. People who talk loudly on the phone.
  5. Noisy eaters.
  6. People who talk while their mouth is full.
  7. Couples who sit next to each other (instead of across from each other) in a booth.
  8. Having to repeat yourself multiple times.
  9. When the toilet seat is left up.
  10. When someone leaves the water running.
  11. When a light is left on in a room that isn’t being used.
  12. When someone messes with the car radio or AC without asking the driver for permission.
  13. Whiners.
  14. Slow drivers.
  15. Rude drivers.
  16. Sunlight creeping in through the window in the morning.
  17. When someone says “gross,” “ew,” “yuck,” or something else along those lines in reaction to a food you like.
  18. Tourists.
  19. People who interrupt when you are speaking.
  20. Being referred to as “boy” or “girl” when you are legally an adult.
  21. Loud noises on planes – crying babies, angry passengers, videos played over speaker.
  22. When people watch videos or listen to music on public transportation without using headphones.
  23. Know-It-Alls and Attention-Hogs.
  24. Getting gum on your shoe.
  25. Tapping, fidgeting, clicking pens, and bouncing knees.
  26. Smacking gum.
  27. Sucking at a straw until it makes that gross vacuum, slurping sound.
  28. When people clink their teeth on forks when they take a bite of food.
  29. Dirty dishes in the sink.
  30. When you’re talking to someone and they won’t stop staring at their phone screen.
  31. When someone says to a girl “Must be that time of the month…”
  32. When people talk over a movie or show…then ask “Wait, what happened? I’m confused.”
  33. When someone says “No offense, but…” and proceeds to say something offensive.
  34. Being chased down the stairs – When you are walking at a decent pace, but the person behind you is late getting somewhere, and they are barreling down the stairs after you. You start fast walking and pray that they pass by you, because you don’t want to die by stairway collision.
  35. When people sneeze or cough without covering their mouths.
  36. When motorcyclists or truck drivers rev their engines unnecessarily.
  37. When your door is closed, then someone walks into the room, but leaves the door open when they exit.
  38. When you’re in a public bathroom but there is no toilet paper in the stall.
  39. Buzzing noises.
  40. When you’re watching TV and someone turns on the garbage disposal, blender, vacuum, or another loud appliance.
  41. When nail polish chips or smudges right after you had your nails done.
  42. When someone says, “You wouldn’t believe what just happened,” and then they refuse to tell you.
  43. When someone bashes your favorite book/movie/show, but they’ve never even read/watched it.
  44. When you need an outlet to charge something, but there are none available or none exist.
  45. When you are wearing sunglasses or prescription glasses and the bridge of your nose builds up sweat and grease.
  46. When someone wakes you up in the middle of the night or ungodly early in the morning and asks, “Oh, did I wake you up?”
  47. When you have a roommate who is addicted to the snooze button, or who doesn’t wake up to their alarms, but you wake up…every…single…time.
  48. Slow elevators.
  49. When people stand too close to you in line so that they’re breathing down your neck. They inch closer and closer to the point that you feel claustrophobic, even when you typically aren’t.
  50. When people bite or pick their nails and it makes a loud *click* noise.
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Not Having The 'Picture Perfect' Body Shape Doesn't Mean You Can't Wear A Bikini

All shapes and size are acceptable and beautiful.


Summer has finally come again and it's now the time where everyone regrets not working out to get their "perfect" summer body. I'm here to say that these summer bodies everyone has been talking about are an unhealthy way to look at yourself and can hurt one's body image. If you're a size zero, that's great for you. If you're not a size zero, that is still great for you. There is no defined size that is required to wear a bikini during the summer, and there shouldn't be these unrealistic society norms on who can and can't wear them.

My entire life I was never worried about my size or how I look in a clothing item such as a bathing suit during the summer. I had always maintained a small figure from being active in grade school all the way through high school. Now that I am in college with no daily or weekly (and sometimes even monthly) exercise routine, I have gained weight and started to feel self conscious in what I look like in certain items that show my stomach. I don't look like the swimsuit models that are posted all over Instagram and started to feel that when summer came along I shouldn't be caught dead in a bathing suit or a shirt that showed any part of my stomach. I was beginning to feel bad about my body image because I didn't have the body shape or size that is considered to be a "society norm" and let it get to me. This is when I knew I needed to change my mindset, and not my physical appearance.

Just because someone isn't a certain size doesn't mean they should be shame into not wearing something they like or makes them feel good about themselves. Summertime is all about being in the sun at the beach or at the pool and getting a tan and getting in the water. This things require a swimsuit of some sort. The size and shape of someone's body shouldn't put a restriction on what type of bathing suit they choose to wear, and no one should comment on how they look in it in a negative manner. For some people, it's hard to lose weight just as it is hard for some people to gain weight. Society is always making remarks about girls being "too small" or "too big" or comments that are similar to those and it's putting a negative effect on how women view themselves which makes it harder for them to have a sense of self love.

Let a woman feel good about herself in what she's wearing no matter her size and leave the rude comments to yourself. Whether she is a size 0 or greater, she is still adding beauty into the world. If you want to wear a bikini, then do it. Don't let the negative people in society harshen your summertime fun.

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