Jerry Prather
Fri Dec 24, 2021 15:47

Dan, thanks for posting her review. Joan confirmed her nearly life long love affair with John Wayne in the magazine article JOHN WAYNE: A LOVE STORY, which is reprinted in her book SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM. She wrote it after visiting the filming of THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER. She says the affair began in 1943 when she was eight years old and watching WAR OF THE WILDCATS. It's nice to learn that at least one good thing came out of that movie. Perhaps she will be eternally smiling and drinking wine with The Duke while guitars are playing the theme from The High and the Mighty.

  • Joan Didion & The AlamoDaniel Buck, Fri Dec 24 2021 12:46
    Two things you might not know about Joan Didion (three if we include the Donner Party), in the 1950s and 1960s she wrote for National Review and she was a John Wayne fan. Here is her review of The Alamo,... more
    • Re: Joan Didion & The AlamoDan Brown, Sat Jan 01 2022 1:35
      Joan Didion wrote about Wayne more than once; she was a true fan. Her review of The Alamo was spot on. What she really liked a out the film was Wayne. Which is fair enough, I guess, although she short... more
    • JOHN WAYNE: A LOVE SONG — Jerry Prather, Fri Dec 24 2021 15:47
      • Re: JOHN WAYNE: A LOVE SONGDaniel Buck, Sat Dec 25 2021 2:44
        Jerry, Thanks. Joan Didion and John Wayne, quite a combo. Aside from being a cold-eyed observer of the human race, she had provocatively contrarian instincts. She once wrote for the New York Review of... more