Not many people are able to express thoughts and experiences the way Joan Didion does in her writing. From "Goodbye to All That," an essay describing loving and leaving New York, to her memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking, her words cause the reader to understand someone's life experience as though it were their own. I never thought I might end up living in New York in my twenties, but I derived some encouragement--and even a challenge--from her writing. She is beautiful and quirky. Not to mention the camera's love for her throughout her lifetime.
In addition to her unique way of approaching words, her personality made its appearance in her packing list as well. Her well thought through process of packing during her years as a reporter gave her the confidence and tools she needed to do her job well. I found the greatest surprise on her list was a typewriter. I guess before a Macbook Air that was the only choice!
Currently Listening: "Turn It Around" by Lucius