The New York Times reached out to Joan Didion for comment on her new Céline ad; Didion was all, "And you are...?"

The NYT reporter, who I imagine was near tears with excitement at the prospect of getting to chat with Didion over the phone (reader, I would have stress-vomited), attempted to ask what sparked the collaboration:

"They got in touch with me," Ms. Didion said, as crisp as one of Phoebe Philo's cotton tunics.

As for whether the famed author knew/cared about the Internet fervor that followed the ad's unveiling: "I don't have any clue." THIS AIN'T MY FIRST RODEO, so stop fluttering around me like idiots, it's embarrassing:

Ms. Didion also reminded this reporter that this is not the first time she has acted as a model. Besides the famous cover image of her peering out of her Corvette for her memoir "Where I Was From" — to which Céline paid apparent homage with earlier shots of their usual model, Daria Werbowy — she appeared in a 1991 ad for the Gap.

Ugh. Didion Speaks, and it's so good. Here's the ad again, in all its glory:

Images via Kathy Willens/A and Céline