Posts Tagged: Blue Nights

Rumpus Exclusive: Three Excerpts from AFTERWORDS

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Three exclusive excerpts from …AFTERWORDS, a new series of distinctive commentaries on great works of contemporary literature from our friends at Fiction Advocate! ...more

Joan Didion On Blue Nights

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“What she has written instead is a kind of biography of Joan Didion, and an elusive one at that. Like her novels, it’s more a work of accumulation than of argument, at the end of which Quintana the grown-up remains the enigma Didion must want her to be, while Didion is the woman revealed.

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Didion and Diagnoses

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“Diagnosis never seems to lead to a cure, Didion observes, only an enforced debility. But as with a psychiatric evaluation of herself conducted in 1968 […] Didion sees and reflects on the truths of the assessment even as she ponders it at arm’s length.”

Joan Didion’s forthcoming memoir, Blue Nights, explores the flexibility and arbitrary aspects of  psychiatric diagnoses through the experience of her daughter’s struggle with an evolving diagnosis.

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