Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”

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Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

35 replies
  1. Tristen Durocher
    Tristen Durocher says:

    The moment the documentary ended, I logged on to my computer so that I could order her books immediately. They came in the mail and the first one I read was “Slouching Towards Bethlehem.”

    She has the power to shift paradigms. I highly recommend her work to anybody interested in journalism, or just interested in writing that is truly great.

  2. nuqwestr
    nuqwestr says:

    Opens with the music of Canned Heat over pictures of the Haight Ashbury in San Francisco. Canned Heat was a Los Angeles based band, born and raised there, and they played the Sunset Strip, not the Haight. Cognitive dissonance for me right off the bat.

    She mentions being "snowbound" but snow in Sacramento is extremely rare, the most snowfall measured in the downtown area in any 24-hour period was 3.5 inches on January 4-5, 1888.

    She says Manson made it all "inexplicable", but just before saying that, she describes a party at her Hollywood house where guest cars were stolen and drugs were found on the floor of her daughters room; then why suddenly inexplicable?

    Difficult to trust.

  3. Serena Maine
    Serena Maine says:

    Today, I must face my own personal and tragic experiences with grief, sadness and loss. Today, I watched this documentary. Today, I discovered a new literary icon. Today marks the anniversary of the Manson murders. And today, I fell completely in love with Joan Didion.

  4. Derek
    Derek says:

    Ew, if not for her shitty Buzzfeed style articles wouldn't exist. Not that her work wasn't great, but what is has allowed to spawn is absolutely appalling

  5. hector godoy-torres
    hector godoy-torres says:

    Netflix is churning out these biographical documentaries with extreme hyperbole, cheesy emotional music overstating every little thing that happens in a famous persons life. All identical, instead of playing to the individuality of these characters. Literally of an assembly line.

  6. yuh
    yuh says:

    I'm in a college writing course right now and our main focus this whole semester is on reading and analyzing Didion through our own writing. Every time I go to read her essays I am always taken in by what she has to say. Such a great essayist

  7. Prakriti Pandey
    Prakriti Pandey says:

    I watched the docuseries when they see us few days back. She wrote about the innocence of central park five way back in '91. That itself shows how responsible and honest she was with her profession. Definitely going to watch this to know more about her exemplary life and work

  8. Michael Knapp
    Michael Knapp says:

    An interesting thing about Joan Didion Was she suffered from migraine headaches a lot!! I do too. She wrote a great essay about it called ‘’in bed.’’ If you’ve never read it, you should because it’s excellent. When I think of her I’ll always remember her in black sunglasses and a sullen look and a cigarette in her hand. I loved Joan Didion. Rest In Utter Peace!!


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