Here is a compendium of characters Didion herself might appreciate, and one which her own family is now joining.
As a teenage girl, I used to study the photos of those otherworldly creatures and marvel at their sheer perfection -- Kathy Ireland, Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs and Paulina Porizkova, the Czech beauty who was rumored to speak five languages. Did these astonishing creatures actually exist?
Michiko Kakutani is the New York Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic, and she has just named her top 10 books of 2012
Everybody has a Christmas list, I guess. I've been thinking about Christmas and the kind of stuff I'd really, really like, although I'm sure I'm not going to get it.
To me, Michiko Kakutani's latest review is emblematic of the ongoing cultural war between those adhering to the tenets of modernity: irony, cynicism, minimalism; and those who obstinately refuse to bow before these pestiferous ideals, those who honor beauty, truth and emotion. Kakutani obviously falls into the former.
Whether you think she's a valiant defender of quality or a cranky iconoclast, it's fun to chuckle at her nastiest digs. Here