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Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Slouching Towards Bethlehem | Joan Didion
Universally acclaimed when it was first published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has become a modern classic. More than any other book of its time, this collection captures the mood of 1960s America, especially the center of its counterculture, California. These essays, keynoted by an extraordinary report on San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, all reflect that, in one way or another, things are falling apart, "the center cannot hold." An incisive look at contemporary American life, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been admired for several decades as a stylistic masterpiece.Contents:I. LIFE STYLES IN THE GOLDEN LAND Some Dreamers of the Golden DreamJohn Wayne: A Love SongWhere the Kissing Never StopsComrade Laski, C.P.U.S.A. (M.-L.)7000 Romaine, Los Angeles 38California DreamingMarrying AbsurdSlouching Towards BethlehemII. PERSONALSOn Keeping a NotebookOn Self-RespectI Can't Get That Monster out of My MindOn MoralityOn Going HomeIII. SEVEN PLACES OF THE MINDNotes from a Native DaughterLetter from Paradise, 21 19' N., 157 52' WRock of AgesThe Seacoast of DespairGuaymas, SonoraLos Angeles NotebookGoodbye to All That
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Mdion1993
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A collection of essays and reflections on American life in the 1960s.

Counter Culture ✨ Nostalgic ✨ California

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Ephemera
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This book is a collection of articles written by Joan Didion during the 1960s. Being a Boomer, I could relate to a lot of her observations and anyone born after 1980 can read this book and get a good sense of what life in the US was like during those years. The writing is excellent, I can‘t say that enough. Didion had a wonderful style and incisiveness about her writing. Her voice was wholly her own. Five stars.

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Another winner from @vivastory ‘s #NYWD22 list! Is there anyone more quintessentially California than Didion? In these, she mostly reflects on her state and the people in it. I loved her essay about Alcatraz. The ones about John Wayne and Sacramento are excellent, too. The longer title essay about the hippie movement in the Haight was interesting. 5 year olds on acid at “high kindergarten.” Wtf hippies? Keaton is the perfect narrator for this.

vivastory I'm so glad this worked for you! Of the 3 books I've read by Didion, this is by far my favorite. I appreciated her willingness to portray the shortcomings of the counterculture. That would have been really unpopular at the time. 4mo
Kimberlone One of my favorite books! How is the narration? Diane Keaton seems like a perfect choice. 4mo
Megabooks @vivastory that‘s true. My boomer family was so anti-hippie that sometimes I forget how other people felt at the time. Even my mom, who is my liberal parent, was very anti-hippie. I still don‘t understand their one-sided beef with Joan Baez. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ Anyway I enjoyed this a lot more than 4mo
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Megabooks @Kimberlone she really was the perfect narrator! 4mo
Cinfhen I haven‘t read any Didion 🫣 yet!! Maybe I‘ll start with this one 4mo
Vansa Her claim about "high kindergarten" has always seemed a bit absurd to me.I think she's a great writer but her politics make me a bit uncomfortable.There's a strange essay in the tagged book where she weirdly romanticises the Confederate flag-it wouldn't hold any resonances for her so her attitude seems to be to not bother if it does for others. 4mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘d definitely recommend this one over The White Album, but they‘re the only two I‘ve read. 4mo
Megabooks @Vansa I can see what you‘re saying about the confederate flag, and although I haven‘t read the essay, it was extremely mainstream, even among liberal folks, to romanticize it in the 1980s when I was a kid. I mean I sang Stephen Collins Foster every day of my childhood and sat Indian style at school. That wouldn‘t be tolerated now from teachers, even in my large KY town. 4mo
Megabooks @Vansa and I can believe high kindergarten may be apocryphal, but what writer doesn‘t have agenda and prejudices. I appreciate you discussing hers with me. 4mo
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Ast_Arslan
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Eggs Well said! 5mo
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vivastory
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I 💙 Lit Hub. I feel like my tote bag game really leveled up with the Riverhead Books tote & now this.

LeahBergen Love it! 6mo
Sapphire Going to check it out 6mo
Leftcoastzen I‘ve been soooo tempted to get this one! 6mo
Megabooks Love it!! 6mo
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WellReadCatLady
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Loved the personal essays and about the different places she had visited or lived in.

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ARTDJG
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peacegypsy
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RIP, wise dear, and astute lady.

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vivastory
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I read Didion's essay collection a few weeks after my father passed away 7 months ago. This quote, from this amazing book, has remained an important one since I first read it. This book came along right when I needed it. What an icon. What a loss. 💔

Centique This is a great loss. I love her writing so much. Will have to read her works in 2022 in tribute to a great talent 💕 9mo
vivastory @Centique I will definitely be continuing my read through of her essay collections. This is an immense lost. 9mo
Reggie What a really lovely bank metaphor there at the end. I‘ve never read her but when I saw she had died, I thought about all of you who have read and loved her. 9mo
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vivastory @Reggie There's a Netflix documentary about her that's supposed to be great. I haven't watched it yet, but I think it would provide an interesting overview of her life & work. She was such a fascinating person. 9mo
batsy Lovely tribute, Scott ❤️ I've yet to read her too but it's been so moving seeing how she's touched so many people with her writing. 9mo
Megabooks Wonderful quote! I keep meaning to read her and now I definitely will. What a loss. 9mo
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Yeats and the widening gyre and the falcon…there were years…they seem so long ago…
I took so many notes when I first read this one. Joan Didion, you will be missed. Thank you. Thank you. RIP.

DrexEdit 😔 9mo
Kimberlone My copy from college is littered with marginalia! 9mo
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I was introduced to Didion when I was assigned to read Slouching Towards Bethlehem in my Literature of the American West class in college. I subsequently devoured The White Album. This might be the impetus for me to explore her fiction finally.

Emilymdxn Very very sad news, she was such a great writer. I haven‘t read all of her books but I strongly recommend the tagged book as a great starting point 9mo
vivastory I can't believe this!! This is horrible news. Her first 2 essay collections, especially Slouching Towards Bethlehem, are among my favorite books of the yr (edited) 9mo
Kimberlone @Emilymdxn @vivastory such an incredible writer. A huge loss to the literary world, but the silver lining is there are still so many of her works I‘ve not yet read 9mo
vivastory @Kimberlone I've read Play It As etc & two essay collections. I'll definitely be reading more 9mo
CarolynM She was a wonderful writer, I'm so sad she has left us. I've read 2 of her novels, Play It As It Lays and Democracy. Very different from one another, but both excellent. 9mo
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RIP Joan Didion
12/5/34 - 12/23/21
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fredthemoose
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This is a collection of her essays and her columns from the 1960s, mostly set in California. Didion has a clear, quick writing style. The pieces were beautifully written, but not compelling in a way that I couldn‘t put it down (or stop listening). Diane Keaton‘s narration was off in a few places (like calling San Bernardino “San Berdino”?) and that was distracting.

Ruthiella I grew up not too far from San Bernardino and many people do pronounce it San Berdino. (edited) 12mo
fredthemoose @Ruthiella Oh, interesting. I lived in LA for a long time and couldn‘t remember ever hearing it until this audiobook. Wish I would have known before listening—I might have been less distracted by it! (edited) 12mo
Ruthiella Well, she was reading it for a global audience and should have pronounced all the syllables! 😂 12mo
britt_brooke Ugh, yes re: “San Berdino.” That drove me bats! Didion, however, is perfection. 12mo
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I forgot to update Litsy when I completed this book a month ago! This is a good list of essays with interesting takes by Joan Didion. As a non-American some of it did not resonate with me, as this book is a very America-centric one. But still a good read into an important journalist. Full review in my blog, www.anushareflects.com

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It felt like Joan took me on a state of the art VR time travel trip to the 1960‘s. Adorned in my flower crown, long puffed sleeves, thrown up peace signs, frayed bell-bottomed jeans, sandals and all. The pragmatic writing style invokes all of your senses. It elicits strong emotions, weaving a beautifully shattered/non-linear narrative that is honest, brilliant and only cemented the fact that she has become one of my favorite authors of all time.

Nute Spot on review! You described perfectly how this author touches me. I often label her writing ‘brilliant‘ as well!🙂 10mo
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This was the first book that came to mind for the #CuriousCovers #pattern prompt. Good book, great cover.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Eggs Pretty 💜🖤💜 1y
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vivastory
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Didion's book, published in 1968, is a timeless & extraordinary work that is both far ranging in tone & concern. It opens with “Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream,“ a longform true crime article published the year after Capote's “In Cold Blood.“ In Didion's essay, the wife of the potential victim is charged with his murder, regardless of the circumstantial evidence. Topics range from the surprising wealth of Joan Baez to the heartbreaking title👇

vivastory piece to Hollywood as a destructive monster to Alcatraz & beyond. I am tempted to say that Didion has a clinical eye, but this cliche isn't exactly true. She is an exacting observer, occasionally quoting poetry (the title of the book being a line from one of Yeats' greatest poems), with a fidelity to language that documents the irrationality & the violence of the era & while offering social & cultural observations, also allows greater breathing 1y
vivastory room for the individual. A great social observer, who manages to fill her work with personal incidents & an equally impressive lyrical writer of the landscapes around her. A new fave collection of essays. A new fave book of the year. 1y
britt_brooke Such a fantastic collection! Love Didion. 💚 1y
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vivastory @britt_brooke I know that these are essays, but that term feels a bit inadequate to describe them. She just really did so much with them. I'm so pleased to have the Picador Classics Edition of this. 1y
KathyWheeler I read this book in the early 80s and loved it. Perhaps it‘s time for a reread. (edited) 1y
vivastory Thanks for sending me the Picador Edition @saresmoore It took me awhile to read, but as you can see from my review, I 💙 it 1y
vivastory @KathyWheeler I think you should! I'm planning on reading The White Album next 1y
britt_brooke @vivastory It‘s a beautiful edition! 🤩 1y
KathyWheeler @vivastory I remember liking The White Album as well. 1y
Kimberlone Such a fantastic book. 1y
saresmoore Excellent review and I‘m so glad you liked it! 1y
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Tanisha_A
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Gift from husband! 🤩

LeahBergen Lovely! 1y
Cathythoughts Stacked 👍🏻❤️ 1y
Ruthiella Beautiful edition! 1y
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BiblioLitten Oh lovely! 1y
batsy Beautiful ✨ 1y
DivineDiana A well chosen gift! ❤️ 1y
UwannaPublishme Great hubby! Great read! 1y
Alfoster Loved this one too!❤️ 1y
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vivastory
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What can I say, Mrs. Petkuss? I'm not the greatest with directions!!

EvieBee 🤣 1y
EvieBee 😂😂 1y
LeahBergen Ha! 1y
saresmoore 😆 1y
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We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget. We forget the loves and the betrayals alike, forget what we whispered and what we screamed, forget who we were.

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vivastory
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This interview is a mood & it's perfect
time.com/5932127/joan-didion-let-me-tell-you-what-i-mean

kyraleseberg She's straight to the point and I love it. You're right, it's a total mood! 2y
AmyG Thank you for posting this. I still adore her. 2y
Cathythoughts Brilliant! Thankyou for posting. Yes, It is what it is ! Obviously! Why all the questions 😁Her book on Grief & Magical thinking is unforgettable... 2y
fredthemoose Late to the party. I just finished Slouching Towards Bethlehem and was scrolling through previous posts and saw this and read the article. 😂 12mo
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I‘m glad that this was a book of essays. I really enjoyed it but I sometimes felt like I got lost in what the narrative was supposed to be and definitely came across words I had never heard of before. But what I loved about it was it was so profound and there would be a sentence or a paragraph that spoke to me and I knew exactly what it was supposed to mean because I have felt that way too.

britt_brooke Love her writing! 2y
NaomiO @britt_brooke It is so amazing 2y
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NaomiO
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“Keepers of private notebooks are a different breed altogether, lonely and resistant rearrangers of things, anxious malcontents, children afflicted apparently at birth with some pre-sentiment of loss”

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Some of the essays were excellent; others meh. Overall I enjoyed maybe half of them. "On Keeping a Notebook" and "On Self-Respect" were my favorites. I do plan on reading more Joan Didion in the future.

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It was very easy to sit at the bar in, say, La Scala in Beverly Hills, or Ernie's in San Francisco, and to share in the pervasive delusion that California is only five hours from New York by air. The truth is that La Scala and Ernie's are only five hours from New York by air. California is somewhere else. #amreading #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #booknerdigans #tsundoku #greatreads #readmorebooks #raconteuse #coolgirlsread

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⭐⭐⭐⭐ for this collection of essays. It really brings you into the California valley of the 1960's. I will be reading more from Joan.

It is all I read this eventful week. I had a corporate auditor visit the hotel for a few days to conduct his routine surprise visit. Watson turned 5. Celebrated my cousin's milestone birthday. Found out my 84 year old grandma found an old BF via Facebook and they're getting married.
#dogsoflitsy

AmyG Wow...your Grandma! 3y
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Book 48 of 2020
#ebook #prime

Leftcoastzen Didion!👏👏👏 3y
RedLeaves Yessss!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 3y
rather_be_reading @RedLeaves my new infactuation! 3y
NaomiO I added this book to my list the other day. Really excited about it 3y
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TheBookStacker
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1. The Count of Monte Cristo, The Resisters, My Brilliant Friend.. and so many others that I keep starting and stopping 🙄
2. The Kiss Quotient, The Rosie Project, The Wedding Party (all of the books)
3. From Scratch
#werkendreads

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Does anyone match their bookmarks to their books, either in color or mood? Today I'll start this one for a short mental break at lunchtime during the workday - with the help of Dorothy Sbornack.

Megabooks I do! And I love that bookmark! 3y
TrishB Yep! 3y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Megabooks Thanks! I got them over the summer at Books A Million and they promptly fell behind furniture so I forgot about them until I cleaned this weekend. It's like a gift to myself and of course, the other 3 Girls will be representing soon! 3y
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As usual with me and Didion, I either loved the essay I was reading or skimmed to get to the end.

This collection was about 50/50 for me.

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12-12-19: My 102nd finished book of 2019! #slouchingtowardsbethlehem #joandidion 👍🏼📖#️⃣1️⃣0️⃣2️⃣

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The pieces in this collection were written in the mid 60's and focus largely on Didion's experiences in California. There is some fascinating stuff in them, particularly the eponymous essay which describes her meetings with San Fransisco's counter-culture. I also enjoyed the essay on Hawaii which provided a bit of background to her novel Democracy. Her writing is as stylish as ever but I was in 2 minds about some of her attitudes.

Cinfhen Excellent review. I‘ve never read Didion 🙈 (edited) 3y
Ruthiella I‘ve read The White Album and My Year of Magical Thinking. I‘ll try and make my next title from her this one. I‘m interested in what you say about her attitude. 3y
CarolynM @Cinfhen Thank you😘 I think she's worth your time. 3y
CarolynM @Ruthiella I've read MYoMT and The White Album will be my next. There's a piece about Joan Baez that I thought was a bit sneer-y and a piece about John Wayne that was too much hero-worship for my taste. But I don't think we can judge with fairness so far in time from when she was writing. In contrast, the SF one I thought was really insightful, there were lots of passages I wanted to underline and side note (I resisted). 3y
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I don't believe in numerology, but given it's Joan Didion writing, this (from 1967) is spooky

Ruthiella I love Joan! 😍 3y
CarolynM Me too! The more of her books I read, the more I love her. (edited) 3y
Cathythoughts I love this quote 3y
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UwannaPublishme
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Joan Didion was once considered a radical writer for turning standard syntax on its ear and adding her personal reflections and stories into her articles. My, how times have changed! It‘s nice to hear that Joan, now 84, is still writing and rocking the boat. 🙌🏻 Her essay “On Self-Respect” moved me most. And who better than Diane Keaton to deliver Didion‘s profound thoughts?

PurpleyPumpkin I recently read Didion‘s The Year of Magical Thinking and it completely surprised me. It was a difficult but excellent read. I hadn‘t heard of this book, but will definitely add it to my tbr. Great review!👍🏽 3y
UwannaPublishme @PurpleyPumpkin I‘m so glad to hear your thoughts on The Year of Magical Thinking. It‘s next on my list! 😊👍🏻Will I need a box of tissues? 3y
kspenmoll You will need a box of tissues. I read it when it was published & thought it was a beautiful portrayal of a mother‘s grief & family relationships. 3y
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PurpleyPumpkin I agree with @kspenmoll, you'll need those tissues! I found it to be truly thought-provoking and very moving. Well worth reading. 3y
UwannaPublishme @kspenmoll @PurpleyPumpkin Thanks for preparing me. 💕 3y
Smrloomis @kspenmoll @PurpleyPumpkin I‘m with you guys! I read and loved The Year of Magical Thinking - very moving. Hope you enjoy it too @UwannaPublishme 3y
UwannaPublishme Thanks @sI‘m definitely moving it up on my TBR list. 3y
UwannaPublishme @Smrloomis (oops! See above...) 3y
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One of the bargains offered by Early Bird Books today. I think it‘s going on my TBR.

Kimberlone This book is 💯 3y
Dolly @Kimberlone Thanks! ✅ Done 3y
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My only advantage as a reporter is that I am so physically small, so temperamentally unobtrusive, and so neurotically inarticulate that people tend to forget that my presence runs counter to their best interests. And it always does. That is one last thing to remember: writers are always selling somebody out.

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I recently read “On Keeping a Notebook.” I liked Didion‘s take on notebooks, but I struggle to keep one, only junk journaling when I‘m particularly stressed out. Do you keep a notebook, journal, or diary?

Literary_Siren I used to. I wrote daily from elementary school all the way up to my senior year. After that I just really didn‘t have anything to write about. I miss it and I‘ve made several attempts to start again but I fail epically. 4y
PickingBooks @Literary_Siren Funny how that happens. l liked writing poetry as a kid. I‘m sure it was all terrible, but I‘ve never had the urge to write any as an adult. 4y
EchoLogical I used to keep diaries but stopped when I had my first child. I've recently started bullet journaling but haven't kept up with it due to giving birth to my second child. 4y
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bookandcat I have a daily question journal (it's a five year format, so short answers) that I also use to list my gratitude of the day. I also have a bullet journal to use however I want. 4y
bookandcat I also used to journal when my now husband and I were long distance dating - we would each journal about our day and swap books when we visited each other, continuing where the other left off. We have many of those books. 4y
PickingBooks @EchoLogical kids are time consuming! 4y
PickingBooks @bookandcat That‘s so cute! What a great idea! 4y
PickingBooks @bookandcat do you like the question journal? I‘m always tempted to get one, but the questions usually seem cheesy. Or I can imagine how I‘d respond to them. 4y
EchoLogical @bookandcat Love that idea, might try to talk my husband into doing it over deployments. 4y
MayJasper Hello nice to meet you 😊 I have an journal app called 'Journey' which I use mainly to paste in prayers or significant moments in my faith journey. 4y
bookandcat @PickingBooks I have the Q&A brand journal, and like I said I answer as short as possible before listing things I am grateful for or that made me happy from that day. I think it's cool to look back on what I've answered and in years past and I haven't found this journal's questions to be cheesy. They range in seriousness from "how do you describe home" on one day to "what was the last tv show you watched" on the next. It's like a time capsule! 4y
bookandcat @EchoLogical we found it really fun and useful to know more about the other's day (more than what is often remembered to be said over the phone) and was so nice to reread what the other person had written when we were apart. Also journaling is a great stress coping skill for anyone! 4y
bookandcat @EchoLogical should also mention it was my husband's idea - must give credit where credit is due lol 4y
tpixie @bookandcat journaling while apart was a great idea!!! 4y
Clare-Dragonfly I keep a bullet journal! It‘s a hodgepodge of daily tasks, monthly and future planning, writing ideas, quotes and notes about books, and whatever else comes to mind that I‘d like to capture. Current journal is a Hufflepuff notebook from Universal Studios! 4y
PickingBooks @Clare-Dragonfly I love that you have a Hufflepuff notebook! Bullet journaling is great! Do you use your index and go back over your notes and plans? I never did, so I didn‘t feel like the setup time was worth it. 4y
Clare-Dragonfly I do! Not on any consistent schedule but when I think of something I want to look for, the index helps me find it. I used an index for previous writing notebooks, but it was electronic so not as convenient when I had my notebook and not my computer/phone. 4y
PickingBooks @Clare-Dragonfly I also think there is something inconvenient about electronic notebooks even though I almost always have my phone. I was listening to the Crazy Genius podcast yesterday and Meredith Broussard, author of Artificial Unintelligence said that we get so caught up in thinking that technology is always the best a most efficient tool that we forget that sometimes the best tool is a pencil and paper. She called this idea technochauvanism. 4y
readinginthedark I've been keeping a bullet journal the last few months, but not so much for the sake of journaling as for the sake of keeping regular task lists. It's been so much easier keeping track of things! That being said, I've started expanding into some extra pages lately--plans for my baby's room, a family tree (I've been working on some genealogy), etc. I also have a reading journal, which used to contain my thoughts while I was reading but lately... 4y
readinginthedark ...has just been random quotes and lists of where I am with my challenges. I'm thinking of incorporating that somehow into my bullet journal once I finish the current one, but I'm undecided. 4y
PickingBooks @readinginthedark I love the idea of a reading journal, but I can never stick with one. I‘m a make notes in the book kind of person. You probably can combine the bullet journal with the reading journal. That‘s what the index is for right! 4y
readinginthedark Oh yeah, it makes sense in theory. My debate is that it takes me longer to go through a reading journal, and I usually like to hold onto those and go back over them from time to time. But I don't really plan on holding onto my bullet journals; they're more just to keep me on task with whatever I'm doing at the time. 🤷‍♀️ Maybe that will change. We'll see! 4y
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DAY 3: Joan Didion wrote numerous journalistic essays about 60s and 70s America, many based in #California. These were my first two Didion books and I love her conversational style. She‘s a phenomenal nonfiction writer.

#NoFemmeber

britt_brooke 📷: Julian Wasser 4y
Cinfhen ❤️🙌🏻#CaliforniaDreamin 4y
JennyM Love this photo of her 4y
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Billypar I forgot that The White Album had an essay on Doris Lessing- I'm just finishing a reread of the Golden Notebook. I'm interested in what Didion had to say about her- seems like she wasn't a fan, from what I've heard! 4y
kspenmoll Great pick! 4y
celtichik I've read her later things; I'm hoping to dig in to her earlier works over holiday break. 4y
britt_brooke @Billypar You‘re right! She‘s no fan. 4y
britt_brooke @JennyM Isn‘t is beautiful? The full photo had her husband and daughter as well. 4y
britt_brooke @celtichik I hope you enjoy! I read these then quickly read her memoirs which ripped me apart. I love her writing. Have you tried any of her fiction? I haven‘t yet. 4y
celtichik I haven't read her fiction, I read the memoirs when they came out. I can't imagine what she went through with her daughter and husband. There was a really good documentary on her life on Netflix, check it out if you haven't. 4y
britt_brooke @celtichik I‘ll look for the documentary - thanks! 4y
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#California #NoFemmeber @Cinfhen I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought of this first. It's on my TBR- I enjoy getting immersed in historical times and places that I know little about. The song is completely different: more stream-of-consciousness and poetry than journalism. In addition to creating three amazing albums, EMA also introduced me to William Gibson: several songs on her 2nd album reference Neuromancer, with an internet-age twist.

vivastory Looks like I'll have to think of someone else! Good pick! 4y
batsy Good pick, was thinking of this even though I haven't read it, either 😆 Or anything by Didion 😳 4y
Billypar @vivastory @batsy Ha- sorry guys 😉 I've only read two Didions, both minor works- The Last Thing He Wanted 👍, and South and West 👎 4y
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Cinfhen Look at you, going with a #NonFictionNovember pick 🙌🏻 trying to steal my thunder 😂😂 4y
Billypar @Cinfhen My grand plan, muahahaha 😏 This actually made me realize though that for three of the next five days I have NF books planned, none of which I've read 😹 4y
Cinfhen I‘m on notice!!! 4y
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I'm giving "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" 1 star, but not because it's bad or poorly written but mostly because I just didn't understand it.

Head over to my blog to see my review and let me know what you thought of this book if you've read it! ?

Butterfinger I chose this for the Read Harder Challenge from Book Riot. I liked reading about the different California cultures of the 70s. I recommended it to a friend who lived in a commune during the 70s so I thought she would relate. She hated it. 4y
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R.E. Parrish comics (Litsy cut off the signature)
https://www.facebook.com/reparrishcomics/

This is basically every Joan Didion book ever.
2/3 #litsylaughs

Leftcoastzen That‘s me too ! And yet , sometimes I‘m a bit of a Hippie! 4y
emilyhaldi Love this 4y
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KGlibrarian
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Mehso-so

I know Didion‘s writing sets the standard for excellence but I found most of these essays about life during the 60s to be depressing and disjointed. The last two sections were much better than the first but I enjoyed her book The Year of Magical Thinking so much more.

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SaraBeagle
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From the essay On Self-Respect.

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TheKidUpstairs
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A counter culture California girl.

#CaliforniaGurls #HeatofJuly
@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

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DebinHawaii
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#QuotsyJune13 #singular

This singular quote is from an essay Joan Didion write for Vogue magazine in 1961.
(https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vogue.com/article/joan-didion-self-respect-essa...)
It was reprinted in the tagged book in 1968.

Thank you to @TK-421 for another fun monthly quote challenge.💙🖌📚

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#readingwomenmonth essays this is yet another #tbr that is also another one I was excited to find on scribd. I really need to read some of her stuff

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 4y
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