The single compelling link between Joan and her readers is…
the power of her prose.
Writing is what she does, and reporting is what she does best.
At the peak of her career her writing was recognized for its significance in defining and observing American subcultures for mainstream audience.
If you wondered why she was attracted in the 60s to writing about such things as the Manson murders, and other sensational
happenings in California, this is a clue.
She is defining and observing for us.
At this writing she still has the clear eyed gaze that has served her so well in reporting…and in life.