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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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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) 1mo
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. 1mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen Thank you😘 I think she's worth your time. 1mo
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). 1mo
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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! 😍 1mo
CarolynM Me too! The more of her books I read, the more I love her. (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts I love this quote 1mo
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Just spending some time with Joan...

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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!👍🏽 2mo
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? 2mo
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. 2mo
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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. 2mo
UwannaPublishme @kspenmoll @PurpleyPumpkin Thanks for preparing me. 💕 2mo
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 2mo
UwannaPublishme Thanks @sI‘m definitely moving it up on my TBR list. 2mo
UwannaPublishme @Smrloomis (oops! See above...) 2mo
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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 💯 5mo
Dolly @Kimberlone Thanks! ✅ Done 5mo
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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. 10mo
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. 10mo
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. 10mo
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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. 10mo
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. 10mo
PickingBooks @EchoLogical kids are time consuming! 10mo
PickingBooks @bookandcat That‘s so cute! What a great idea! 10mo
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. 10mo
EchoLogical @bookandcat Love that idea, might try to talk my husband into doing it over deployments. 10mo
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. 10mo
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! 10mo
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! 10mo
bookandcat @EchoLogical should also mention it was my husband's idea - must give credit where credit is due lol 10mo
tpixie @bookandcat journaling while apart was a great idea!!! 10mo
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! 10mo
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. 10mo
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. 10mo
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. 10mo
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... 10mo
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. 10mo
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! 10mo
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! 10mo
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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.


britt_brooke 📷: Julian Wasser 12mo
Cinfhen ❤️🙌🏻#CaliforniaDreamin 12mo
JennyM Love this photo of her 12mo
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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! 12mo
kspenmoll Great pick! 12mo
celtichik I've read her later things; I'm hoping to dig in to her earlier works over holiday break. 12mo
britt_brooke @Billypar You‘re right! She‘s no fan. 12mo
britt_brooke @JennyM Isn‘t is beautiful? The full photo had her husband and daughter as well. 12mo
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. 12mo
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. 12mo
britt_brooke @celtichik I‘ll look for the documentary - thanks! 12mo
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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! 12mo
batsy Good pick, was thinking of this even though I haven't read it, either 😆 Or anything by Didion 😳 12mo
Billypar @vivastory @batsy Ha- sorry guys 😉 I've only read two Didions, both minor works- The Last Thing He Wanted 👍, and South and West 👎 12mo
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Cinfhen Look at you, going with a #NonFictionNovember pick 🙌🏻 trying to steal my thunder 😂😂 12mo
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 😹 12mo
Cinfhen I‘m on notice!!! 12mo
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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. 12mo
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R.E. Parrish comics (Litsy cut off the signature)

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! 13mo
emilyhaldi Love this 13mo
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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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From the essay On Self-Respect.

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A counter culture California girl.

#CaliforniaGurls #HeatofJuly
@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

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#QuotsyJune13 #singular

This singular quote is from an essay Joan Didion write for Vogue magazine in 1961.
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 ❤️❤️ 1y
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#Riotgrams #BookYouveReread

Beautiful language and observations, whether you‘re reading for the first time or fifth.

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I love these Picador editions. Striking designs for tiny editions with big heart and ideas. Thanks again @saresmoore !

GatheringBooks lucky you!! my edition is super depressing-looking with a seriously ugly design 1y
LittleWonder LOVE this! 1y
saresmoore When I saw this on the display, I gasped aloud. Tiny book for my tall friend! 😁 1y
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readordierachel That's lovely! 1y
vivastory @saresmoore 😂 I have another Picador. If it wasn't for the book ban, I'd be tempted to buy them all! 1y
vivastory @GatheringBooks Looks like it's time to upgrade! 😉 1y
vivastory @LittleWonder Isn't it great?! 1y
vivastory @ReadOrDieRachel Totally made my day! 1y
saresmoore Stay strong! I went with Moray‘s suggestion and have been setting aside $25 for each month I don‘t buy books. It‘s not too much to spare, but it will add up! 1y
LeahBergen @vivastory @saresmoore Have you seen how nice The Virgin Suicides is in this edition? I stopped myself from buying it a couple of weeks ago. 😆 1y
saresmoore @LeahBergen I‘m living on the edge and looking it up now... 1y
vivastory @saresmoore I like the idea of setting aside money each month! 1y
vivastory @LeahBergen Such a beautiful edition! @saresmoore 1y
britt_brooke 💚 1y
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Part 1 of my haul from a used book sale. Some of these paperbacks were just too pretty to pass up. Hopefully I'll get around to reading some of them!

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So good! I love Joan Didion‘s writing. She could write out her shopping list and I‘d love it

Reviewsbylola I‘ve not seen this cover before. I love Didion too but haven‘t read this one. 2y
Emilymdxn @Reviewsbylola it‘s an audiobook edition maybe why it looks different? I recommend it! 2y
bookandcat I love Didion! Have you read any Eve Babitz? Her writing reminds me of Didion, but with a bit more frothy Hollywood kind of writing. 1y
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Quintessential California reading on a California beach. Today, I touched the Pacific for the first time! Any recs, fiction or nonfiction, that capture the spirit of this state for you guys?

BarbaraTheBibliophage That cover looks vintage! And it‘s a perfect fit for the view! 2y
youneverarrived Great photo! 😍 2y
callielafleur I've only ever been a brief visitor to CA, but the two that come immediately to mind are White Oleander and anything by Francesca Lia Block. Love this photo btw! 😍 2y
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jillrhudy Just about anything by T. C. Boyle 1y
8leagueboot @jillrhudy ooh, thank you! I have never read any Boyle! 1y
8leagueboot @callielafleur thanks for the recs! 1y
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Big latte. Small book.

emilyhaldi Pretty 😍 I have this cute little book too 2y
Ellen @emilyhaldi I love the size for commuting/travel! Also got the Hilary Mantel 2y
Mdargusch Love your photo. I need that latte. 2y
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8leagueboot This is such a pretty copy. Is it unabridged? 2y
Ellen @8leagueboot yes, unabridged, and still legible! 2y
bookandcat I love these editions SO much! 1y
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"In some ways it was the conventional clandestine affair in a place like San Bernadine, a place where little is bright or graceful, where it is routine to misplace the future and easy to start looking for it in bed."

Suet624 What a great line. 2y
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Oh to be Joan, to overflow with insight and grace.

8leagueboot The world seems to lay itself out before her. 2y
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Duck Fried Rice, $2 glass of red house wine that turned out to be surprisingly delicious, and Joan Didion‘s Slouching Towards Bethlehem make for a wonderful way to end an enjoyable Sacramento layover. #bookandfood #JoanDidion

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#RiotGrams Day 21: While I would like to say that I am above judging a book by its cover, I DO Judge a book by its cover, and this one, unfortunately, simply does not make the cut: #BadCovers - such a shame because I‘ve heard so many great things about this novel that I am so looking forward to reading, but the cover is super uninviting.

Suet624 Not a great deal of thought seems to have gone into this cover and yet I bet someone made a good deal of $$ designing it. 2y
8leagueboot You should look up the Picador Modern Classics edition. It's beautiful and Travel sized! 2y
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I‘ve read every essay in this collection dozens (and dozens) of times, but will always have special love for “On Keeping a Notebook,” the piece of writing that made me want to write.

#cleartheshelvesgiveaway @mrozzz

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1) 39
2) A younger brother who turned 34 on Valentine's Day
3) No
4) Confederacy of Dunces
5) I believe the character limit for posts is 451...
6) 📚🤘
7) Baklava
8) I'm what some might (unjustly) refer to as a germaphobe. I like to think that I'm a cautious & sanitary eater.
9) 😺
10) Coffee
11) Slouching Towards Bethlehem
12) @rohit-sawant @britt_brooke @batsy @JenP
Thanks for the tag @saresmoore
@Gyldholm #hallowhoareyou

britt_brooke I‘m so excited to read Dunces again! Hope you‘re liking it so far. 🤞🏻 2y
vivastory @britt_brooke I started it last night when I had trouble sleeping. Greatest opening paragraph I've read in months. The first chapter is flawless, so damn funny. 2y
ephemeralwaltz 5 😂😂 2y
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vivastory @ephemeralwaltz I could talk about my favorite books for hours 😬😂 2y
britt_brooke @vivastory It‘s the funniest book I‘ve ever read. I love Ignatius! He‘s so ridiculous. 2y
JenP I hated it 😱🤭. Hopefully we can still be friends 😬 (edited) 2y
vivastory @JenP Never speak to me again. J/k I only just started it, but I love it so far 2y
JenP @vivastory oh, 😂 I misread that as your favorite book. I should probably reread it again because I don‘t usually disagree with you or @britt_brooke (edited) 2y
saresmoore Thanks for making me crave baklava. 2y
vivastory @JenP I actually haven't read the Didion, but as someone who is tall & has a tendency to slouch, I felt like it summed up my life 2y
Moray_Reads Baklava, great word and greater foodstuff 2y
rohit-sawant Man, I can relate to 8. A friend of mine likens me to Adrian Monk... 2y
batsy Your answer for 5 👌🏽Baklava is truly magical. 2y
monalyisha I appreciate your emoji usage. 🤘🏻 2y
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Really good the last essay is the best... I really felt that one

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On the last three hour stretch! I‘m so close to finishing all seven books I chose for this #readathon. I think an hour each for the last three books should do it! Hope everyone else is wrapping up their final hours and still enjoying themselves! @24in48

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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.”

Wow, this was so good! What a smart and thoughtful essay collection, consisting mostly of journalism pieces and personal experiences in 1960s California. Can‘t wait to read more Didion! This was my first.

PS. Keaton‘s narration was pretty meh.

ReadingEnvy Yeah I didn't like her narration and once she said Oregon oreaygone, which Californians would not get wrong! 2y
vivastory Have you watched the Netflix documentary? 2y
readordierachel Loved this one in college! Might be time to revisit. 2y
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britt_brooke @ReadingEnvy Ha! She threw me off in the first essay with how she said San Bernardino. Of course, maybe I say it like a southerner, but it sounded like she said “San Berdino” and it was repeated several times. 2y
britt_brooke @vivastory No, but I‘ll have to look for it - thanks! 2y
CarolynM I need to try this one. I just read (edited) 2y
britt_brooke @CarolynM I just stacked that one - thanks! 2y
catebutler I‘m read this right now and love it! So glad to see you enjoyed it too! 2y
britt_brooke @catebutler It‘s so interesting and the writing is fantastic. Happy you‘re enjoying it, too! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m a new Didion convert also. Can‘t wait to read more! 2y
CherryPie Good to know about Keaton. Thanks. I'll stick to myself when I get to this book. ☺ 2y
Billypar I'm also a new Didion fan. I didn't like South and West too much, but The Last Thing He Wanted was excellent. 2y
britt_brooke @CherryPie That‘s a good plan! 😉 2y
britt_brooke @Billypar Thanks, stacking it! 2y
Crowcrumbs I‘ve been looking for a good starter Didion. Looks good. 2y
britt_brooke @Crowcrumbs The writing is fantastic! 2y
CaitlinR I read this back in the day. The audio would be a great way to reacquaint and Keaton is great. Thanks. 2y
britt_brooke @CaitlinR 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
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A lyrical snapshot of the multifaceted 1960‘s. Joan Didion is a small woman who seamlessly insinuated herself into the background of the story so she could observe, capture the near-intangibles and weave detailed essays.

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Joan Didion, Slouching Toward Bethlehem

RaimeyGallant Great quote. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. 2y
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚👍😀Hope you are enjoying it here! 2y
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I now understand why Joan Didion was a respected writer before The Year of Magical Thinking.

In her journalism, she spells out the facts and adds subtle commentary only in subtext. She points out patterns, oddities, or things to watch for in her subtextual commentary, but just when you think she‘s going to make a bold statement, she withholds...to read more: http://www.amyyuki.com/books/2017/11/28/slouching-towards-bethlehem-by-joan-didi...

RaimeyGallant Looking forward to more of your reviews! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you're interested. :) 2y
Amy_Yuki_Vickers @RaimeyGallant Thanks so much, I'll take a look. 2y
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Cool sounding, but probably not the best approach unless you're Joan Didion awesome.
"Let grammar, punctuation, and spelling into your life! Even the most energetic and wonderful mess has to be turned into sentences."
- Terry Pratchett
#play #QuotsyDec17

Tanisha_A Wow! 2y
batsy Love this! Two different takes that tell you something significant about their writing process 🙂 2y
LeahBergen Love it! 👍🏻 2y
TK-421 👏👏👏❤️ 2y
readordierachel Perfect! 2y
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i like her essays more than her novels, but the generational gap including the 60s movement on this collection has me with a big so-so feeling.

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I recently sat down and watched the Joan Didion documentary, created by her nephew, Griffin Dunne. What an amazing woman! Now, I want to read all her works! Happy me, I recently received the gorgeous #PicadorModernClassics edition from the lovely people at @picador. I‘ve been dipping in an out and have been absolutely entranced.

#joandidion #slouchingtowardsbethlehem #amreading #womenwriters

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When a #pocket sized book finally delivers...it fits in my coat pocket! One of the lovely new pocket editions from Picador Modern Classics designed to be "small enough to fit in your pocket and unique enough to stand out on your bookshelf."

Notafraidofwords 💚 I️t 2y
emilyhaldi I️ just got this yesterday!! Funny, when I️ ordered it I️ had no idea it was a miniature 😂 but I️ actually kind of love it! 2y
LeahBergen Oooo! 😍 2y
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Ellen @emilyhaldi gave it a test run as a subway read and the size was great 2y
LeahBergen How is the type size? Pretty readable? I really want their edition of 2y
Ellen @leahbergen totally legible! 2y
emilyhaldi Yes, perfect for a subway ride!!! 2y
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Loving this overcast Saturday morning, resting my broken foot while watching the Netflix documentary, Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold. She is a fascinating character.

LeahBergen Beautiful fireplace ❤️ 2y
HardcoverHearts @LeahBergen Thank you! I was just looking at the photo and thinking, “I need a few plants for that mantle!”. 😂 2y
DivineDiana I watched the documentary last night! It was very moving, and I added a few books to the TBR! 2y
merelybookish I watched this last week. Made me want to go back and read her older work. 2y
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At no point have I ever been able successfully to keep a diary (...) and on those few occasions when I have tried dutifully to record a day's events, boredom has so overcome me that the results are mysterious at best.


My first notebook was a Big Five tablet, given to me by my mother with the sensible suggestion that I stop whining and learn to amuse myself by writing down my thoughts.

On keeping a notebook

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And for good measure, a recent quote from one of these essays that I could definitely relate to!

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(from the essay about Joan Baez and her peace school)

BarbaraTheBibliophage Damn straight. 🤣 2y
AmyG Hahaha 2y
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Found unlistened to in my Audible library.
The title comes from the Yeats' poem "The Second Coming."

"Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity..."

readordierachel Such a great poem. It's been awhile but I remember enjoying this book a lot. Happy listening! 2y
ReadingEnvy @ReadOrDieRachel thank you! I read one of these essays in a creative non fiction class but have always wanted to read more. 2y
Centique I love that poem 💕 2y
ReadingEnvy @Centique me too! I think there are quite a few book titles that come out of it. 2y
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Love Didion! Really enjoyed this book of essays. Can't wait to read more!
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Thoughtful essays by Ms Didion

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