Thursday, January 22, 2015
On Self-Respect, Joan Didion’s seminal essay was first published in Vogue in 1961 and was republished in the author’s 1968 collection, Slouching Towards Bethlehem. Didion wrote the essay as the magazine was going to press, to fill the space left after another writer did not produce a piece on the same subject. She wrote it not to a word count or a line count, but to an exact character count.
Read the essay