Joan Didion on Grief

Maria Popova has some nice thoughts about Joan Didion's book, The Year of Magical Thinking.

A quote from the book:

Grief has no distance. Grief comes in waves, paroxysms, sudden apprehensions that weaken the knees and blind the eyes and obliterate the dailiness of life.

This reminds of the first sentence of A Grief Observed, one of my favorite books by C.S. Lewis:

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.