The Year of Magical Thinking

Review: Year of Magical Thinking

Reading Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, I traveled so far and deeply into her world in 53 pages that when I caught a glimpse of the clock, I was surprised how little time had passed.

This is what writers do, competent ones, anyway.  Suspend time, compress it, extend it.  Good writers eliminate time. Their words create a rhythmic magic incantation of higher wisdom.

Religious ritual, war dances, goddess driven examination of entrails — none are as effective a bulwark against time as the writer’s potion.  Sunk in the mind product of a writer, we are eternal and without end.

And these are the same rewarding qualities that religions promise.

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