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Joan Didion's 'Blue Nights' from Meghan Daum




File photo: Writer Joan Didion arrives at the opening night of 'The Year Of Magical Thinking' at the Booth theater on March 29, 2007, in New York City.
File photo: Writer Joan Didion arrives at the opening night of 'The Year Of Magical Thinking' at the Booth theater on March 29, 2007, in New York City.
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Meghan Daum joins the program to discuss her take on Joan Didion's new memoir, "Blue Nights," and how Didion has influenced a generation of writers. Daum wrote an essay on "Blue Nights" for The Los Angeles Review of Books, called "Having, or Making, or Thinking About Making a Drink."