Top photo: screenshot from the film Play It as It Lays (adapted from the novel by Joan Didion), 1972. Bottom photo: Joan Didion in her 1969 yellow Corvette Stingray by Julian Wasser for LIFE, 1970.
"California belongs to Joan Didion. Not the California where everyone wears aviator sunglasses, owns a Jacuzzi and buys his clothes on Rodeo Drive. But California in the sense of the West. The old West where Manifest Destiny was an almost palpable notion that was somehow tied to the land and the climate and one's own family-an unspoken belief that was passed down to children in stories and sayings."—Michiko Kakutani, from her 1979 New York Times book review Joan Didion: Staking out California.
I was thrilled to be part of Max Wastler's Things My Father Taught Me series on All Plaid Out—luckily I was dressed for the occasion. Check it out here...and Happy Father's Day!