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Epub Î Slouching Towards Bethlehem · 238 pages Download ò [Read] ➱ Slouching Towards Bethlehem By Joan Didion – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk Alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780374521721This classic collection of journalism defined the state of America during the upheaval of the sixties revolution The esNed the state of America during the upheaval of the sixties revolution The The blood dimmed tide is loosed and everywhereThe ceremony of innocence is drowned; The Second Coming Yeats “I know something about dread myself and appreciate the elaborate systems with which some people fill the void appreciate all the opiates of the people whether they are as accessible as alcohol and heroin and promiscuity or as hard to come by as faith in God or History” ― Joan Didion Slouching Towards BethlehemI'm sure at some point Joan Didion will disappoint I'm positive the honeymoon period will run out I'll discover a fatal flaw a series of articles or a minor novel that she just 'phoned in' but not yet bitches Seriously if prose could make me pregnant I would now be Nadya SulemanI know this is just the normal hormonal response I get whenever I really seem to mesh or synch with an author or artist I felt this way when I first read DFW's and McPhee's nonfiction This is the same brain storm that happened when I first read Delillo Bellow's fiction; the same awe I felt when I walked into the Paris Opera and saw that giant Chagall ceiling hanging beyond that infamous 7 ton bronze and crystal chandelier Those same chills ran down my spine and flushed my face the first time I swallowed a Vicodin I felt just as complete the first time I watched a Coen brothers movie I also felt this the first time I discovered my arm naturally guided my hand to my lap No this isn't a revolution It isn't even revolutionary It a euphoria and I know it I get it I'm already cooling down But I'm just going to leave the book here on my chest for awhile until my heart slows down a bit

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Alternate cover edition of ISBN This classic collection of journalism defi ”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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Slouching Towards BethlehemEssays feature barricades and bombings mass murders and kidnapped heiress I went to San Francisco because I had not been able to work in some months had been paralyzed by the conviction that writing was an irrelevant act that the world as I had understood it no longer existed If I was to work again at all it would be necessary for me to come to terms with disorderSlouching Towards Bethlehem is Joan Didion's seminal essay collection detailing life in Northern California most notably the 1960s counter culture The title essay contrasts Didion's impressions of San Francisco hippie culture with its most idealized utopian representations The Slouching Towards Bethlehem title comes from WB Yeats' poem The Second Coming Yeat's famous line from that poem The center cannot hold works brilliantly in this essay and in my mind at least echoes through the rest of the collection Through Didion's words we feel transported to this time and place but it was already a transitory place when Didion was writing about it and you feel that it is already fading into story “The stories are endless infinitely familiar traded by the faithful like baseball cards fondled until they fray around the edges and blur into the apocryphal” Attending UC Berkeley and living in a student co op Barrington Hall that was called the last bastion of 60s counter culture I felt something like nostalgia at the feel and the texture of these stories and the sometimes idealized but deeply imperfect past Didion describes “Nothing was irrevocable; everything was within reach I could make promises to myself and to other people and there would be all the time in the world to keep them I could stay up all night and make mistakes and none of it would count” 45 stars