The Year of Magical Thinking: The Play

Author: Joan Didion

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307498913

Category: Drama

Page: 80

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In this dramatic adaptation of her award-winning, bestselling memoir, Joan Didion transforms the story of the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband and their only daughter into a stunning and powerful one-woman play. “This happened on December 30, 2003. That may seem a while ago but it won’t when it happens to you . . .” Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times called the memoir that was the basis for the play, “an indelible portrait of loss and grief . . . a haunting portrait of a four-decade-long marriage." The first theatrical production of The Year of Magical Thinking opened at the Booth Theatre on March 29, 2007, starring Vanessa Redgrave and directed by David Hare.

Summary of Joan Didion's The Year Of Magical Thinking

Author: Milkyway Media

Publisher: Milkyway Media


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 56

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Book Preview: #1 The word ordinary never left my mind, because I realized that there was no forgetting it: the word was in fact the ordinary nature of everything preceding the event. I knew that the story had come from me because no version I heard included the details I couldn’t yet face. #2 I am a writer, and I have a sense that meaning is resident in the rhythms of words and sentences. I needed to find meaning in the death of my husband, John Gregory Dunne, nine months and five days ago.

Quicklet on The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Author: Courtney Crisp

Publisher: Hyperink Inc

ISBN: 1614647860

Category: Study Aids

Page: 44

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Quicklets: Learn more. Read less. The Year of Magical Thinking documents the painful year of 2004 in author Joan Didion's life as she deals with the death of her husband John and the serious illness of her daughter Quintana. It's her most critically aclaimed book to date, earning her the National Book Award in November 2005 and the Pullitzer Prize for biography/autobiography. The book was also a finalist in the National Book Critic's Circle Award. On March 29, 2007 Didion's adaptation of the book for a Broadway play came to life with Vanessa Redgrave as the sole cast member. The production toured the world and has been translated into several other languages.

The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking

Author: Matthew Hutson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 178074109X

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 4440

Why do rational people buy notions that seem utterly incredulous? (And that includes you.) Everyone – even the most jaded and sceptical – believes in ‘magic’, in the form of luck, mind over matter, the power of similarities, jinxes, and destiny. In this wonderful exploration of psychology, Matthew Hutson takes us on a fascinating tour of magical thinking in everyday life, revealing the healing power of John Lennon’s piano; the reason gamblers kiss their tickets; and why admitting you have no free will staves off addiction.

Reading Joan Didion

Author: Lynn Marie Houston,William V. Lombardi

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313364036

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 159

View: 5686

This book is a compelling reference guide for book clubs on the work of Joan Didion, with summaries of her major works and discussion questions. * Discussion questions on Joan Didion's works, literary movements, and literary analysis * An exhaustive bibliography of additional writings about Didion as well as similar authors and books

The Production of Lateness

Author: Rahel Rivera Godoy-Benesch

Publisher: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag

ISBN: 3772001149

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 205

View: 5800

This study examines how selected authors of the late 20th and early 21st centuries write about their creative processes in old age and thus purposefully produce a late style of their own. Late-life creativity has not always been viewed favourably. Prevalent "peak-and-decline" models suggest that artists, as they grow old, cease to produce highquality work. Aiming to counter such ageist discourses, the present study proposes a new ethics of reading literary texts by elderly authors. For this purpose, it develops a methodology that consolidates textual analysis with cultural gerontology.

The Forms of the Affects

Author: Eugenie Brinkema

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822376776

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

View: 8328

What is the relationship between a cinematic grid of color and that most visceral of negative affects, disgust? How might anxiety be a matter of an interrupted horizontal line, or grief a figure of blazing light? Offering a bold corrective to the emphasis on embodiment and experience in recent affect theory, Eugenie Brinkema develops a novel mode of criticism that locates the forms of particular affects within the specific details of cinematic and textual construction. Through close readings of works by Roland Barthes, Hollis Frampton, Sigmund Freud, Peter Greenaway, Michael Haneke, Alfred Hitchcock, Søren Kierkegaard, and David Lynch, Brinkema shows that deep attention to form, structure, and aesthetics enables a fundamental rethinking of the study of sensation. In the process, she delves into concepts as diverse as putrescence in French gastronomy, the role of the tear in philosophies of emotion, Nietzschean joy as a wild aesthetic of repetition, and the psychoanalytic theory of embarrassment. Above all, this provocative work is a call to harness the vitality of the affective turn for a renewed exploration of the possibilities of cinematic form.