I know there were some differing opinions in class about this article, but i personally really enjoyed it. there is a lot of conflict in the peice because i think didion is trying to reconcile her job as a literary journalist (reporting the facts, keeping close detail, etc) and the trauma of being suddenly and unexpectedly widowed. i see how this book would be read for coping groups because didion strips the formalities away from act of grieving and shows the process in a more raw and real form. at first i was thrown off by how cold she seems to be, especially when she was talking about the autopsy - it seems to eerie to actually want to see your love one all hacked up, but by the end of the piece i thought her attitude was very refreshing. i also really liked how she dealt with the idea of time through the piece, all the little details like waiting in line at the hospital, pondering what time he would have died in LA, looking up the eleveator records to see when the paramendics arrived/left - i think this all goes along with the time that she keeps in the piece because she is constantly skipping from the present, to the past (when her husband died), to slipping in miscellaneous facts. i think the sporadic time records kept with the idea of the unexpected. overall, i really liked this piece, i thought it was powerful and very raw.