I have never read a word of Joan Didion beyond the occasional quote on a black and white picture of an ashtray on tumblr. She always seemed to be for a certain kind of white woman whose apartment looks like an Airbnb in Joshua Tree. And that is in no way a reflection of Didion herself who seemed to first and foremost be a hater. In that vein here is a shortlist of the unintended consequences of Didion’s legacy:
White women having an “identity crisis” and briefly moving to Europe
Those tattoos of lines on your fingers
Single line face drawing tattoos
Kristen Stewart’s bisexuality
Feminist boob mugs
The Red Scare Podcast
The existence Caroline Calloway
The gentrification of ayahuasca
My white girlfriend’s propensity for American Spirits, which she has gracefully passed to me.
Film photography instagram accounts
Regardless of how you feel about all these things, it’s hard to imagine anyone willingly wanting to be responsible for all of them.