Joan Didion death: Celebrities pay their respects to writer – Los Angeles Times

Joan Didion death: Celebrities pay their respects to writer – Los Angeles Times

Writers, readers, politicians and entertainment luminaries have taken to social media to honor renowned author Joan Didion, who died Thursday morning at age 87 in her New York home due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Shortly after Didion’s publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, announced her death, California Gov. Gavin Newsom released a lengthy statement eulogizing the “preeminent author, culture critic, and requisite voice of California,” who was born in Sacramento on Dec. 5, 1934.

“A fifth-generation Californian, Joan was a pioneer of the new journalism movement of the 1960s, capturing in prose the state’s growing counterculture movement that would soon influence the nation,” the message from the governor’s office read.

“She was peerless in her capacity to write about life, loss, love and society — easily the best living writer in California. Her ability to put the tapestry of California and the times into words made her a treasure for her generation and generations to come. While we mourn this great loss, Californians can celebrate Joan’s tremendous contributions to the arts through her work. California belonged to Joan Didion; we cherish her memory.”

Bestselling author Roxane Gay was among the first to pay tribute to the prolific writer and social critic, whose acclaimed novels, essays, memoirs and screenplays captured and critiqued American culture through smart, poignant prose.

“RIP Joan Didion,” tweeted Gay, who counts Didion’s seminal “Play It as It Lays” among her favorite novels.

“Another staggering loss.”

Also on Twitter, singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers quoted an excerpt from “Goodbye to All That,” an essay featured in Didion’s 1968 collection, “Slouching Towards Bethlehem”:

“although it did occur to me to call the desk and ask that the air conditioner be turned off, I never called, because I did not know how much to tip whoever might come—was anyone ever so young? I am here to tell you that someone was.”

“RIP Joan,” Bridgers added.

Another musician, Maggie Rogers, said she always keeps a book of Didion essays in her backpack.

“she reminds me how to see. how to be with the world. how to feel it. how to know it bc i feel it,” Rogers tweeted. “may the writer gods greet you as you take your great place in the sky.”

Many saluted Didion by using her own cherished words — both written and spoken. Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay shared Didion’s response to an …….