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Episode 41: Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking

Just a little light summer reading: Joan Didion’s 2005 memoir about grief and illness and loss. We talk about what distinguishes good nonfiction from bad, whether rich people are allowed to have problems, and gendered expectations for memoirs.


Hey, if you’re in the Philadelphia area, check out our fall writers’ conference on Saturday, Sept. 28. A full day of craft sessions and panels, plus a keynote address by J. Robert Lennon. At $65 ($55 for students) it’s a great bargain. Get more info, and register, here.

Get more info on Mike’s recommendation here, and more on Tom’s here.

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