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Slouching Towards BethlehemAlternate cover edition of ISBN 9780374521721This classic collection of journal. ”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” One of the cornerstones of friendship is developing some level of trust It might be possible to be friends with Joan Didion but the very thing that makes her a wonderful dinner companion her wonderful insights into the human condition will also be the very thing that will make it difficult to develop an intimacy like one should with a best friend She talks about this difficulty in one of the essays in this collection “‘The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people’ she said ‘The hardest is with one’”She was asked to write an essay about John Wayne and she wrote this fantastic scene of having dinner with him I didn’t know what to expect Was she going to fall in bed with him Was she going to cut Wayne up into little pieces Love him or hate him the man was always consistently himself The Duke always had to be the Duke There was no down time from being the American icon of western films I enjoyed this very Didion observation that she makes about Wayne ”For a while it was only a nice evening an evening anywhere We had a lot of drinks and I lost the sense that the face across the table was in certain ways familiar than my husband’s”Wayne was renowned for getting everyone at his table drunk and Didion was no exception These essays focus almost exclusively on California Though I wouldn’t call this collection an ode to her home state Let’s just say the Bureau of Tourism for California didn’t choose to use any of her unflinching observations about the state Her family has deep roots in California They were early pioneers who invested in land and did very well She realized this upbringing gave her a different perspective of life ”I never felt poor; I had the feeling that if I needed money I could always get it I could write a syndicated column for teenagers under the name “Debbi Lynn” or I could smuggle gold into India or I could become a 100 call girl and none of it would matter”I will admit I have put off reading Joan Didion because I thought her essays might prove dated From the very first essay I was disabused of that notion These pieces are all from the 1960s and nearly without exception are as relevant today as they were when they were written Couldn’t this comment be as insightful about our current situation as it was in the 1960s ”Because when we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something not that it is a pragmatic necessity for us to have it but that it is a moral imperative that we have it then is when we join the fashionable madmen and then is when the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land and then is when we are in bad trouble And I suspect we are already there”I was expecting elegant writing and certainly I got that but what surprised me was the muscular nature of her prose She hits you in the stomach follows that with an uppercut and she may not even let you get off the canvas before she hits you again She might be small but she is certainly scrappy Her writing is as tight and crisp as a tuned piano wire After I finished the book I read that she had spent hours typing Hemingway’s prose into her typewriter to try and capture some of his style This Hemingway connection runs counter to my perception of Didion but maybe it is just an example of how difficult it is to wrap your arms around her and say this is Joan Didion She would slide away from you and reemerge across the room in dark glasses with a smoldering cigarette trapped between her fingers uplifted in the air the smoke forming a uestion mark Can you ever really know someone like Joan Didion She is uiet She is unassuming She lets people talk and when they mention something of interest to her can’t you just hear her softly sayingtell me why you believe thatThese essays were trending subjects in the 1960s but now they have with infinite grace metamorphosed into historical record For those who follow my reviews I can assure you there will be Joan Didion in my reading ueue over the coming months If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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The essays feature barricades and bombings mass murders and kidnapped heiresses. First published in 1968 to wide popularity this collection of essays and journalism is a time capsule to the 1960s for better and for worse and mostly relating to the experience from a California perspective There's no uestion to its significance When it was published I suspect readers were thrilled to have someone finally describe life in blunt terms Reading it today I found its strengths still lie in the authentic slice of life style Since I didn't live through the '60s it felt refreshing to read about the era through cold truths personal feelings news worthy events and overall mindset of the time This is day in the life type stuff which is much lighter and somehow comes across real than thick history booksOverall while I'm glad I read it for the educational value I didn't feel riveted enough to ever turn the page eagerly One of those you got to be in the right mood for