Happy birthday, Joan Didion! The writer who made a name for herself with her first novel, Run, River, and her first book of literary journalism, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, turned 78 today. These books established herself as a keen social critic, as they both chronicle life in northern California. All of this, before she was 35 years old.
Since then, Didion has published five works of fiction and 13 works of nonfiction, including The Year of Magical Thinking, an analysis of the grief she experienced after her husband's sudden death, which won her a National Book Award.
Needless to say, we think she has some great advice to offer on writing, storytelling, memory and the passage of time. Here are 11 of our favorite Didionisms: