Happy Birthday, Joan Didion

Joan Didion, in a moment from the forthcoming documentary
Joan Didion, in a moment from the forthcoming documentary, We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order to Live

I think we are well-advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends. We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget. We forget the loves and the betrayals alike, forget what we whispered and what we screamed, forget who we were.

-Joan Didion, who turns 81 on Dec. 5, in a famous quote from Slouching Towards Bethlehem. Below is the trailer and Instagram account from We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order to Live, the documentary of the beloved author, directed by her nephew, Griffin Dunne, currently in production.