"Before I'd written movies, I never could do big set-piece scenes with a lot of different speakers - when you've got twelve people around a dinner table talking at cross purposes. I had always been impressed by other people's ability to do that."
"Film spectators are quiet vampires."Joan Didion on Jim Morrison
"Am I a romantic? I've seen 'Wuthering Heights' ten times. I'm a romantic."Joan Didion on Johnny Depp
"You know what your problem is, it's that you haven't seen enough movies - all of life's riddles are answered in the movies."Joan Didion on Steve Martin
"This film cost $31 million. With that kind of money I could have invaded some country."Joan Didion on Clint Eastwood
"Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood."Joan Didion on Walt Disney
"Writing fiction is for me a fraught business, an occasion of daily dread for at least the first half of the novel, and sometimes all the way through. The work process is totally different from writing nonfiction. You have to sit down every day and make it up."
"Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?"
"I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear."
"To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great, singular power of self-respect."
"Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power."