Bad Writing About Joan Didion Is No Way to Praise Joan Didion

Tom Scocca · 11/14/14 03:55PM

Are you a writer? Do you admire the writing of Joan Didion? Do you want to express this admiration? Here's a good way to do it: Read some Didion to yourself, and then go out and write a good essay about something, in a voice that sounds like you and reflects your era.

'Oddball Homeless Person' Used to be New York Times Writer

Maureen O'Connor · 04/11/10 05:26PM

As a young man, Mark Hawthorn reported for the Times. Now he lives on the streets of Berkeley where he eats garbage and wears women's clothing. Known as the Hate Man, he asks people to tell him, "I hate you."