Max Byrd ’s most recent novel is Pont Neuf.
Not and its many permutations
An unlikely literary friendship
The whole of creation, in just three letters
In this Autumn 1964 essay, the late Joan Didion takes the Hollywood film industry to task: “One problem is that American directors, with a handful of notable exceptions, are not much interested in style; they are at heart didactic,” she writes. “Ask what they plan to do with their absolute freedom, with their chance to make a personal statement, and they will pick an ‘issue,’ a ‘problem.’”