JOAN DIDION is the author of five novels, ten books of nonfiction, and a play. Her book, The Year of Magical Thinking, won the National Book Award in 2005. She lives in New York. HILTON ALS is the author of The Women and White Girls. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker and teaches at Columbia University.
Praise for Let Me Tell You What I Mean: 'The peripheral, the specific, the tangible - or, as the writer Hilton Als notes in his foreword, the Didion gaze , the penetrating prose of a reporter who writes with a scalpel - is by far the most compelling theme in Didion's latest collection of essays' Vogue Praise for Joan Didion: 'She writes with a razor' New York Times 'A pioneer of New Journalism, she brilliantly chronicled America's cultural and political life' Guardian 'Everything Didion writes has a land's end edginess to it- a hyper-attentive-eye on the dramas of the human condition. She writes as someone who has come through great shudders of the earth with a fundamental understanding that everything is subject to instantaneous and complete revision' Village Voice 'She is the best chronicler California has' Vogue