Meet The Literary Babe Joan Didion, Who Reps For California’s Water

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It’s okay not to know much about the California drought, but it’s not okay to slack on Joan Didion. I personally find it very difficult to understand what’s happening with the crisis–every time I read an article about it, I feel I’m getting completely different information. What does it even mean that there’s going to be “no water” next year? Is that really possible? I still shower for at least 20 minutes every day. In an age where we constantly discuss the “end of California”, it feels hard to actually want to engage with this crisis. Cue Ms. Joan Didion. Didion, known for her ability to pull off a turtleneck, her recent gig as the new face of Celine—and one of the most brilliant writers of our time.

Didion grew up in California in the 50s, and wrote essays and fiction that are often revered as the literature that painted the most realistic picture of Californian culture to date. She was also obsessed with water. In her essay, Holy Water, she writes of, “constant meditation upon where the water is, of an obsessive interest not in the politics of water but in the waterworks themselves.”

Read this essay. It’s okay not to know much about the drought, but it’s not okay to slack on Joan Didion.


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