That changed upon hearing Susan Stamberg’s 7 minute eulogy on NPR when Didion passed last month. I was moved to dive into Didion, consuming first her nephew’s summary of her cultural/political acuity.
I’ve come to realize Didion’s “fiction” was only slightly divorced from reality and so many expressions in her work were cultural and political sentries.
She was among a few people acting as a canary in the coal mine throughtout her writing carrier .
Hilton Als noted “She knew that her country was built on exclusion and shame“