I love this photo of Joan Didion (below).
It was taken by her daughter Quintana and later became the subject of heated correspondence between a reviewer and Joan’s husband, John Dunne, when it appeared on her Democracy book jacket.
The reviewer felt not only Joan’s writing, but Joan’s boobs were open to discussion. Dunne did not agree.
“It just shows someone standing in the water. It has terrific water and it has terrific clouds, and it makes me look relaxed and pleasant, as opposed to the intense or worried way I usually look in photographs.”
She liked it, pretty much, and did not care what people thought of it.
Here’s a great Vanity Fair piece about Joan, in case you are interested.
And a piece written by her brother-in-law Dominick about the death of his daughter, Dominique.
I’m learning a lot about myself as I read the Joan bio. Her life was so chaotic and disciplined, at the same time.
It’s super interesting to get an (albeit detached) glimpse into her life. I wish I was the sort of person that would sticky-note the pages, but I’m not, so I keep having to go back through the gazillion of pages to find the little bits I want to follow up again. I am annoying myself with this behaviour.
Sorry this post is about boobs and sticky notes, but what can you do?!