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Lions Roar : January 2007
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2007 43 The Zen of Joan Didion Her masterpiece The Year of Magical Thinking is a meditation on the human mind both pointed and profound. In that year following her hus- band’s death, she learned in her bones the basic truths we so often deny— death, impermanence, and aloneness. DAVID SWICK profiles Joan Didion, a great American journalist observing her own mind and experience. The largest church in the United States is a place of subtle power, and some sur- prises. Nestled among the stone and polished wood of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, on the Upper West Side of New York City, are statues of Gandhi, Einstein, and Martin Luther King, Jr. There is a triptych honoring the public artist Keith Har- ing and a poet’s corner celebrating Thoreau, Whitman, and Poe. The altar offers tributes not just to Christianity, but also to Islam, Judaism, and “Eastern wisdom traditions.” Off the main altar is a locked sanctuary, a dignified space, quiet and subtly lit. It’s a columbarium, a room of small vaults containing urns. Each of the vaults is covered with a door of marble. Many are ochre, with touches of black and cream; graceful swirls reveal that the rock was once fluid and moving. One vault contains the ashes of members of Joan Didion’s family. Their names are engraved on the door, and there is space for one more. The space is for Joan Didion. Didion was raised Episcopalian and remains a member of the church. A star of contemporary letters, she is deeply respected by writers, journalists, political think- ers, and cultural observers. Her thirteen books, including The White Album, The Last Thing He Wanted, and Slouching Towards Bethlehem, form a brilliant portrait of