@joandidionn Joan Didion

"We tell ourselves stories in order to live." Writer, mother, wife, californian, essayist, storyteller

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Huey P. Newton, a revolutionary who belonged to the Black Panthers. He was accused of the murder of John Frey in 1967. It’s strange to see how he was a murder in some people’s eyes, and hero in other’s.

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Music people are so confusing. They sort of just so what they want, and they always want more people. When John and Michelle Phillips, were on their way to the hospital for the birth of their daughter, they made a limo detour to pick up one of their friends, Anne Marshall. I often imagine they make a second detour to the Luau to pick up gardenias. That’s just how the music bios I was is.

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The front man of the “erotic politicians” a.k.a The Doors. I remember in 1968 I was watching The Doors rehearse. The way they speak and act reflects the groups interests, which Morison described as “anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, about activity that appears to have no meaning.”

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Whenever I see "Chicken Delight Truck", I recall the time I used to get paranoid about the incident of Navorro's murder. During those time, I used to note the license number of any panel truck came to my house with Chicken Delight. However, time passes and memory brings us to somewhere in all this random living and story emerges.

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This picture reminds me back in the 1970s about the Manson family member Linda Kasabian, star witness in the Sharon Tate and LaBianca murder trial, at a press conference in Los Angeles, after being granted immunity from prosecution in the Manson Family trial, US, 19th August 1970. As I got involved in the case during the trial and also seems to have remained friendly afterward. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images ) #mansontrial

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Recall a time of my life when I began to question the premise of every story I had ever told myself. Sometimes I just see them as a flash image with no meaning behind them. This was happening in the late 60s and very early 70s.

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The month of February marks the anniversary of a life taken too soon. 52 years ago, Ramon Novarro- a talented Mexican-American silent film actor- was murdered in his own home. It happened so close to me.... I was afraid to go outside after this.

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Some good came out of ‘68: I was named “Woman of the Year” by the Los Angeles Times shortly after my panic attack. I’m sad to hear the award has been discontinued.

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Just finished Tarantino’s newest film. It brought me back to a difficult period of my life... the ‘60s were hard. His movie did a phenomenal job of depicting how chaotic L.A. was in the midst of the civil rights movement, the vietnam war, and the manson murders- all of which caused me to have a panic attack in 1968. All of the psychiatric tests that I were given came back inconclusive, but the doctors described my episode as an “attack of vertigo, nausea, and a feeling that she was going to pass out.” Whatever that mean...

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I miss the house. We drove past it this morning to find it completely renovated... in the 60’s it was a dump, but John and Quintana filled the empty spaces with warmth and laughter.

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