Didion is now on stage. A lengthy applause. And now a standing ovation.
Didion is very small, as everybody has often reported.
“I didn’t start writing to get a lifetime achievement award. In fact, it was pretty much the last thing on my mind.”
Words on “Self-Respect” written in 1961 in Vogue. A real writer at Vogue at that time was “pretty much anyone who wasn’t on staff.” Lengthy stuff about San Bernardino. Yes, the woman can write, but to reproduce this speech is to possibly bore you readers. Didion-is-read-ing-like-this-in-a-flat-line-voice.
“Overwhelming impulse. I need to go back to the airport. So each of these pieces was a job, a craft. But each of these pieces were an exercise in learning how to live.”
Aha, the first Mailer mention of the night! “There was someone who really truly knew what writing was for.”
There are traces of analytical Didion in DeLillo… I hope more DeLillo connoisseurs (to which group I belong) notice this. The woman is massive, despite her size.