Dispatches from Ladyblogland

What did you read this week? Here’s what got us talking.

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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Here’s what we read this week:

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Blue Nights, Red Soles

Roughly halfway through Blue Nights, Joan Didion’s most recent release, she quotes something her daughter once said: “Like when someone dies, don’t dwell on it.” Once the phrase is spoken, it returns throughout the remainder of the essay, almost a touchstone for both Didion and her reader.  Read More Blue Nights, Red Soles

On Keeping A Notebook

I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends. We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget. We forget the loves and the betrayals alike, forget what we whispered and what we screamed, forget who we were. – Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem*

I am a serial notebook keeper. I started when I was seven and with a few short periods here and there, never really stopped. Read More On Keeping A Notebook