“We were together. I forget the rest.”


If absolutely pressed to pick just one writer I would most like to emulate, it would probably be Joan Didion.  I’m sure I don’t really need to go into a long Ode To Joan, because of course you’re aware of her charms.

This packing list I found via the Quitokeeto Tumblr has made my day.


While the list itself is delicious, (2 skirts…typewriter…bourbon), it’s the accompanying notes that reveal Joan’s fastidious mind.

Notice the deliberate anonymity of a costume: in a skirt, a leotard, and stockings, I could pass in either side of the culture…

Notice the bourbon for the same motel room. Notice the typewriter for the airport, coming home.



Yes. The mind of a writer, instructing us to notice, notice, notice.





2 comments on “Notice

  1. nadya
    July 19, 2013

    She’s such a writer’s writer. Have you read “Goodbye to All That”? So great about being young in New York, walking down the street, looking into open windows and wondering about the lives inside.

    • jessica clare
      August 22, 2013

      I have read!! Totally serendipitously the week before I moved to NYC and was terrified. Funny you mentioned that, I was just thinking of it the other day :)

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This entry was posted on July 19, 2013 by .

Jessica Clare

Preschool teacher, writer, trouble maker.

LIVES: Seattle. By way of Santa Fe, San Francisco, and NYC.
DAYDREAMS:Strong coffee. Gourmet magazine. Stinky cheese. Date night with new strappy heels. Green chile. Going back to India. Unabashed displays of love. Vegetable gardens. Clean sheets. Unruly stacks of books. Breaking Bad marathons. Writing like Joan Didion ,Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Joseph Stroud. Cookbooks. French 75s. Sequins with jeans. Leaving love notes.
BELIEVES: “A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation, and a foundation for inner security.” Albert Einstein “The important thing is not to think much but to love much and so do that which best stirs you to love.” St. Teresa of Avila “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances without own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” Joseph Campbell

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