Joan Didion – The Center Will Not Hold

Whether you know American writer Joan Didion’s restrained, razor-sharp  writing or not, this new documentary, The Center Will Not Hold, directed by her nephew Griffin Dunne, detailing  both Didion’s triumphs and heartbreaks, is worth watching.  Wearing her over-sized dark glasses, with a cigarette dangling from her thin hand, Didion is seen pausing, thinking and then offering a…

Leaning Towards Sheryl

Last night my friend Carol invited me to listen to Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and renown Lean-Inner, speak at an IQSquared event in London. While I know who Sandberg is, I am not  some fanatical fan. Sandberg lives in another world from me, she’s a tech Superwoman from Silicon Valley. She is so bright,…

‘Spanish Crossings’ and How It All Started with a Sentence

While we’re on the subjects of interviews, read my Q&A with author and writing coach John Simmons about his latest  novel Spanish Crossings. The interview ran in writer’s group 26’s April e-letter. The novel is split into three chronological parts –  before, during and after the Spanish Civil War. John discusses historical novel writing, character and plot. And how…