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Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
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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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780374521721 (0374521727)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 238
Edition language: English
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Bloodorange
Bloodorange rated it
5.0 Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays
At thirty three or four, Didion of Slouching Towards Bethlehem is still a girl. I recognize the signs. (Some people capable of voicing their thoughts on subjects such as "Self-Respect" and "Morality" are born middle-aged; others, possibly due to their specific upbringing, remain questioning, uncerta...
Words, Words, Words
Words, Words, Words rated it
4.5 "Slouching Toward Bethlehem" by Joan Didion
I feel uneasy about reviewing Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem. That it is, the idea of writing an essay about a collection of essays combines with something in her voice that makes me very aware that I am creating a sort of Russian nesting doll of commentary, but I will attempt it all the ...
Michelle
Michelle rated it
3.0 A collection of essays on 1960s California
"Our favorite people and our favorite stories become so not by any inherent virtue, but because they illustrate something deep in the grain, something unadmitted." All the essays are insightful and well written. However, I like some more than the others. So, I am only going to talk about those I lik...
shell pebble
shell pebble rated it
2.5 I'd rather read Things Fall Apart again
I read this in college and I was ambivalent. I was young and naive and ignorant and undecided about many things (this is still true - how the horizons of ignorance expand as we learn!), and Didion didn't help me because I couldn't decide whether to agree with her, and I couldn't feel what she felt o...
All the World's a Page
All the World's a Page rated it
4.0
Joan Didion is an insightful and skeptical thinker, an astute ironist, and a beautiful prose stylist: Slouching Towards Bethlehem exemplifies her craft. While all of her essays are exemplary in form, some fall by the wayside of memory, and even only a week removed from my first foray in Didion, only...
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