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Джоан Дидион

Дата рождения: 5. Декабрь 1934

Джоан Дидион — американская писательница, получившая известность благодаря своим романам и литературной журналистике. Её романы и очерки исследуют распад американской нравственности и культурный хаос, а главной авторской темой выступает индивидуальная и социальная разобщенность. Большинство её произведений пронизаны тревогой или страхом.

Цитаты Джоан Дидион

„Излечить ревность, значит, увидеть в ней то, чем она является, — неудовлетворенность собой.“

„A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty.“ The Year of Magical Thinking

„Grammar is a piano I play by ear.“ Essays & Conversations

„Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.“ The Year of Magical Thinking

„I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind's door at 4 a. m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends.“ Slouching Towards Bethlehem

„I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.“

„Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.“ On Self-Respect

„We tell ourselves stories in order to live.“ The White Album

„Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it. We anticipate (we know) that someone close to us could die, but we do not look beyond the few days or weeks that immediately follow such an imagined death. We misconstrue the nature of even those few days or weeks. We might expect if the death is sudden to feel shock. We do not expect this shock to be obliterative, dislocating to both body and mind. We might expect that we will be prostrate, inconsolable, crazy with loss. We do not expect to be literally crazy, cool customers who believe their husband is about to return and need his shoes.“ The Year of Magical Thinking

„I'm not telling you to make the world better, because I don't think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I'm just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave's a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace. Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue, or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children. And that's what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck at it.“

„We tell ourselves stories in order to live... We look for the sermon in the suicide, for the social or moral lesson in the murder of five. We interpret what we see, select the most workable of the multiple choices. We live entirely, especially if we are writers, by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the "ideas" with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience.“ The White Album

„Although I have felt compelled to write things down since I was five years old, I doubt that my daughter ever will, for she is a singularly blessed and accepting child, delighted with life exactly as life presents itself to her, unafraid to go to sleep and unafraid to wake up. Keepers of private notebooks are a different breed altogether, lonely and resistant rearrangers of things, anxious malcontents, children afflicted apparently at birth with some presentiment of loss.“

„You have to pick the places you don't walk away from.“

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

„That was the year, my twenty-eighth, when I was discovering that not all of the promises would be kept, that some things are in fact irrevocable and that it had counted after all, every evasion and every procrastination, every mistake, every word, all of it.“

„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.“

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