One of the bargains offered by Early Bird Books today. I think it‘s going on my TBR.
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.
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?
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.
#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.
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! ?
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.
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.💙🖌📚
I love these Picador editions. Striking designs for tiny editions with big heart and ideas. Thanks again @saresmoore !
So good! I love Joan Didion‘s writing. She could write out her shopping list and I‘d love it
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?
Big latte. Small book.
#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.
2) A younger brother who turned 34 on Valentine's Day
4) Confederacy of Dunces
5) I believe the character limit for posts is 451...
8) I'm what some might (unjustly) refer to as a germaphobe. I like to think that I'm a cautious & sanitary eater.
11) Slouching Towards Bethlehem
12) @rohit-sawant @britt_brooke @batsy @JenP
Thanks for the tag @saresmoore
“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.
Joan Didion, Slouching Toward Bethlehem
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...
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
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
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."
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.
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..."
Listening to the audiobook narrated by Diane Keaton throughout the weekend vacation in LA. The first essay talked about the Santa Ana winds, which helped us because the next night we had howling winds all night. We would have been completely freaked out if we hadn't have just heard about it and talked about how my husband didn't know about it when he was a kid living in LA. It was so strange!
"Because I had been tired too long and quarrelsome too much and too often frightened of migraine and failure and the days getting shorter, I was sent, a recalcitrant thirty-one-year-old child, to Hawaii, where winter does not come and no one fails and the median age is twenty-three."