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Thursday, January 22, 2015

On Self-Respect: Joan Didion’s 1961 Essay

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.

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