Journalist, columnist and novelist John Didion, who had sharp eyes and recorded the social upheavals of the 1960s, the cultural landscape of California and the internal struggles of misery, passed away Thursday at his home in New York.
She is 87 years old.
According to a report by Penguin Random House, the cause is Parkinson’s disease.
«Didian is one of the nation’s worst writers and critics. His best-selling fiction, commentary and memoirs have won numerous awards and are considered modern classics,» the Penguin Random House said in a statement.
He became known as one of the pioneers of «new journalism» in the 1960s, marrying traditional reporting techniques to literary talent and first-person experience. He developed a dedicated following with cool, unavoidable studies of American politics, Hollywood, counter-culture and the contradictions of the Golden State.
Didian’s most famous works include «Slocking Toward Bethlehem» (1968), a collection of essays on the turmoil of the late 1960s, and «The Year of Magical Thinking» (2005). Husband, John Gregory Dunne.
«The White Album» (1979) is a literary journal classic that effortlessly blends the traditions of cultural criticism, memoir and non-fiction storytelling.
The title article is an actual tour of California in the 60s — Black Panther party meetings, recording session with The Doors — as well as an in-depth recording of the author’s psychological struggles.
The opening line became synonymous with Didian and his worldview: «We tell stories in order to survive.»
She was a weak woman even in her youth, but she took advantage of her size: «I’m physically too small, too temperamental, and not very nervous, people forget that my existence is against them. Benefits.»
Didian was born in Sacramento in 1934 and graduated in 1956 from the University of California, Berkeley. He then moved to New York, where he began working at Vogue and began his career as a professional writer.
He published his first novel, «Run, River» in 1963. The following year, she married Diane, Tide’s most important creative partner, novelist, screenwriter and literary critic.
Didian and Dunn moved to California, where they adopted a daughter, Quintana Roo, in 1967. They were almost inseparable collaborators, working together on screenplays for films such as «The Panic in Needle Park» (1971) and «Up Close and Personal» (1971). 1996).
Didian’s second novel, «Play It as It Lace» (1970), was an insensitive part of Los Angeles in the ’60s, revealing the bitter but memorable frustration that lurks beneath the glamor of the Hollywood dream factory.
Didian and Dunnie later collaborated on the screenplay for the adaptation of the movie «Play It’s Lace» starring Weld and Anthony Perkins on Tuesday, 1972.
But for all the prizes he has received as a novelist, Didian may be best remembered for his elegant, sharp contributions to the new press movement, which include the work of Tom Wolf, Nora Efron and Kay Talis.
She clearly tracked past and present events that describe everything from variations of hippie culture to Grandma Hearst’s abduction with a cold detachment and quiet intensity.
«Joan is a great viewer and listener, telling the truth about our present and future intelligently and subtly. He was fierce and fearless in his reporting. His writing is timeless and powerful, and his prose has affected millions,» Shelley Wanger, his editor at Knopf, said in a statement.
Didian was consumed with the complex history of his own California — «the hologram that dematerializes when I drive,» he once described the state.
«California is owned by John Titian,» The New York Times Critic Michigo Kakutani Wrote in 1979. “Not everyone wears aviator sunglasses, owns a jacuzzi and buys his clothes on a rodeo drive, not California. But California in the Western sense. Manifest Destiny is an almost obvious concept that is somehow bound up with the old West, land and climate and one’s own family.
He dismissed the official assumptions and authoritative histories of the so-called Central Park Jagger case of 1989 as a public hypothesis. (The sentences of the five black and Latin men interrogated in this case were later overturned and they were released. In prison.)
Titian’s later years were somewhat limited by calculations of loss and grief.
«The Year of Magical Thinking» tells the story of the pain that followed Dunn’s death in 2003. He collapsed at their desk and died of a heart attack — their daughter Quintana Ru Dunne Michael was hospitalized with a serious illness.
Quintana died of severe pancreatitis at the age of 39, shortly after the book was published. Didian explores the emotions of his daughter’s death in the 2011 issue of «Blue Knights».
«We are not idealistic wild things,» Didian wrote in «The Year of Magical Thought.»
«We are imperfect mortal beings, and even if we push it, we know that death, we have failed by our problem, so by the wire, when we mourn our loss, we grieve, for better or worse, as we were. We can never be one day.
Didian’s other notable works include three more novels — «A Book of Common Prayer» (1977), «Democracy» (1984), «The Last Thing He Wanted» (1996) — as well as several non-fiction collections, including «Salvador» (1983). And «Political Fiction» (2001).
In 2005, he was awarded the Bells Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal in Criticism. In 2007, he was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Outstanding Contribution to American Letters.
In 2013, President Barack Obama presented him with the National Medal for Arts and Humanities.
«Didian has created works with startling honesty and intense intellect, has made personal stories universal, and sheds light on the external details that are central to our lives.» Quotes.
«Экстремальный нарушитель спокойствия. Дружелюбный исследователь. Создатель. Геймер. Интроверт. Коммуникатор. Фанат Твиттера».