To be fair, it must be hard being Joan Didion. The 86-year-old writer and cultural icon is incessantly looked to to provide prophetic witticisms, but unlike, say, Fran Lebowitz, she isn't particularly keen on leaning into the role. But, with a new collection of essays, Let Me Tell You What I Mean, coming out this month, Didion has once again been thrown into the spotlight. Per her latest interview with Time, however, it seems she's pretty over being in it.
A series of questions, a series of literal non-answers, the feature immediately caught the attention of the Twitter literati on Friday for being both painful and hilarious to read. As a writer, I've got to feel for the interviewer here, as I could think of no one more terrifying to try to engage in conversation, though as a person who has barely left my house in a year, I can't help but relate to Didion's "Ugh" attitude towards it all.
If Bernie Sanders was the physical embodiment of "Do we really have to do this?" in the age of a pandemic, then Didion is certainly the verbal one.
Scroll down for the funniest takes on Twitter and read the full interview HERE.
whoever made joan didion do this interview at gunpoint please release her pic.twitter.com/cqOg8Qgtxk
— 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗯 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗼𝗻 (@calebsaysthings) January 22, 2021
joan didion: "leave me alone"https://t.co/hUkcmqrXYW pic.twitter.com/8InZfxtJO7
— Stephanie M. Lee (@stephaniemlee) January 22, 2021
My favorite new genre is Joan Didion out Joan Didioning herself. https://t.co/MnvIpTFoiR pic.twitter.com/VmHtxFD4PD
— Grant Ginder (@GrantGinder) January 22, 2021
joan didion is bartleby https://t.co/jM52lraYKJ pic.twitter.com/avZGG81vkd
— alex (@alex_abads) January 22, 2021
[Photo via Julian Wasser / Netflix]