As part of our Placeholder series, we're asking some of our favourite artists an incredibly simple question: 'what are you reading?'. Next up is Elizabeth Hart of Psychic Ills.

I had intended to read Joan Didion's work for some time, but didn't start until I heard a quote that I was told came from one of her writings and became determined to locate the exact source. Four books in, I finally found what I was looking for in Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking where she quotes Philippe Ariès in his Western Attitudes toward Death, "A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty." It was the most honest and accurate description of grief that I had ever heard.

I am still on the Joan Didion tear and currently reading Miami about the Cuban exiles of Miami and how the misconceptions assumed about them has become a subject of fascination extending far beyond local politics. Didion has such an incredible way of reporting basically what she observes, but in a language that is so uniquely her own.