Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
This week’s ‘Minnie Muse Must See’ is Netflix’s latest documentary, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold. The film chronicles the turbulent life of American author Joan Didion, whose personal struggles have unquestionably contributed to her literary success in her writing of novels, screenplays, essays and autobiographical works. Didion, who grew up in the 1930s and 40s in Sacramento, California, moved at a young age to the East Coast to work for Vogue Magazine and began her career as a journalist, through which she met her husband, John Dunne. The couple moved back to California to start a family, adopting a baby girl, at which this time Didion began focusing her practice on writing novels and autobiographical pieces. The documentary brings to focus the hardest moments of Didion’s life, from intense societal circumstances of the 1960s and 70s to tumultuous moments in her personal life, all of which circumnavigated to inspire some of her most successful and critical acclaimed works. The film recalls the author’s achievements in literary pros as well as the iconic cover art associated with each text, see below for some of my favorites.