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From: Linda Hosken
Date: 2005 Sep 14
Subj: Joan Didion
She is a very bright woman whose books vary a lot. She also writes about water in the west. We saw her once at City Arts and Lectures but she was sick that night and should have been in bed.
About the Chess Queen. I think it was a situation where the book review was perhaps better than the book. She is also a good talker. I think I heard someone interview her and got the ideas more efficiently than she might have presented them in her book. Maybe it would have been better shorter?
Historically, most royalty would have been better if it had been shorter. By about a head, I'm thinking.