Joan Didion, legendary journalist, dead at 87

The New York Post reports:

Joan Didion has died at the age of 87, her publisher has confirmed.

The legendary essayist, novelist and screenwriter — who had long been revered as one of America’s pre-eminent writers — passed away at her Manhattan home Thursday morning.

…she released a best selling book of essays, titled “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” which turned her into one of the country’s most prominent literary celebrities.

The book includes entries detailing San Francisco’s hippie movement, and coolly observes the upheavals of American life in the 1960s.

“The center was not holding,” Didion wrote. “It was a country of bankruptcy notices and public-auction announcements and commonplace reports of casual killings and misplaced children and abandoned homes and vandals.”

Didion was one of the few journalists who wasn’t misled by media elitism and always kept a clear eye on events. She may have been the last of a dying breed.