In celebration of the upcoming documentary on her life, here are essays that will get you started on the work of Joan Didion. Joan, now 83, has never not been relevant, but she’s in the headlines again these days, as Netflix recently debuted the long-awaited Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, a documentary-slash-love-letter made by her nephew, Griffin Dunne. It takes its title from the poem "The Second Coming" by W. B. Yeats.The contents of this book are reprinted in Didion's We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction (2006). Didion received an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley (1956), and then moved to New York City, to become associate editor of Vogue magazine. Joan Didion was born and raised in Sacramento, California, to a well-established land-owning family whose roots in the area date back to the settlement of the Sacramento Valley during the 1840s. Joan Didion arrived in Los Angeles in 1964 on the way to becoming one of the most important writers of her generation, a cultural icon who changed L.A.’s perception of itself.


About Joan Didion. Didion spent most of her childhood in Sacramento, except for several years during World War II, when she traveled across the county with her mother and brother to be near her father, who served in a succession of … Joan Didion was born in Sacramento, California. Joan Didion’s work is distinctly…feminine. Slouching Towards Bethlehem is a 1968 collection of essays by Joan Didion that mainly describes her experiences in California during the 1960s. A shy, bookish child, Didion spent her teenage years typing out Ernest Hemingway stories to learn how sentences work. Joan Didion was born in Sacramento, CA in 1934, the daughter of an officer in the Army Air Corps. It’s hard to put a finger on how I know that, sort of like it’s hard for me to put a finger on what, exactly, femininity is in the first place. About Joan Didion.