I intensely enjoyed this. Not too heavy, not too light. Totally evergreen. I have zero experience reading Joan Didion, though I want to better understand how she did what she did, culturally, so that I can better understand my own wild obsession with Jia Tolentino. They’re very differently, but this piece, indeed, answered some questions.
Caitlin Flanagan has had a number of AOTDs on Readup, including They Had It Coming, an absolutely stellar piece about the recent college admissions scandal. It seems that Flanagan was not only born to be a writer, she was born to write stuff like this. Spectacular.
Also, I just love reading about Berkeley.