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Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics) (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1968; vuoden 2008 painos)

– tekijä: Joan Didion (Tekijä)

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The "dazzling" and essential portrayal of 1960s America from the author of South and West and The Year of Magical Thinking (The New York Times). Capturing the tumultuous landscape of the United States, and in particular California, during a pivotal era of social change, the first work of nonfiction from one of American literature's most distinctive prose stylists is a modern classic. In twenty razor-sharp essays that redefined the art of journalism, National Book Award-winning author Joan Didion reports on a society gripped by a deep generational divide, from the "misplaced children" dropping acid in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district to Hollywood legend John Wayne filming his first picture after a bout with cancer. She paints indelible portraits of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes and folk singer Joan Baez, "a personality before she was entirely a person," and takes readers on eye-opening journeys to Death Valley, Hawaii, and Las Vegas, "the most extreme and allegorical of American settlements." First published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been heralded by the New York Times Book Review as "a rare display of some of the best prose written today in this country" and named to Time magazine's list of the one hundred best and most influential nonfiction books. It is the definitive account of a terrifying and transformative decade in American history whose discordant reverberations continue to sound a half-century later.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics)
Kirjailijat:Joan Didion (Tekijä)
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2008), Edition: First, 256 pages
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Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (tekijä: Joan Didion) (1968)

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I think Didion may be a great writer not because she is a great stylist or a great storyteller – though those are both true – but because I found her voice so easy to relate to. Especially in her personal essays – the last third or so of the book – she writes from the verge of self-discovery, as a humanist in the midst of the attempt to untangle her own humanism, and she reflected on her life and on its circumstantial culture with such very effective, polished, yet emphatic writing that I couldn’t help but feel inspired by her talent and youth.

The New York essay in the end especially touched me – it’s a dream to go to New York and “make it there,” because then I’d know “I could make it anywhere” – and Didion hits that Big Apple chestnut so hard when she writes about how she didn’t want to tell her parents about her inability to afford groceries because then she wouldn’t have been able to know whether or not she could’ve made it on her own. And it’s that kind of youthful independence that resonated most with me here, and which enabled Didion to conduct such a deep analysis of all the different things she analyzed in her essays. She incises into the thought processes behind the cultures of specific settings, and I tended to not only to agree with but also feel transported to the cities and towns and places she described.

That’s not to say that I will remember all of them. I won’t. Sifting through the riverbed of her writing would not get you too many golden nuggets, and the turns of phrase that really struck out to me were more related to the way her personality shone through them. I slogged through some of the essays in the beginning, which were not as substantial as her personal ones, I felt. My favorite ones were the first one (with the L.A. car accident / murder / affairs), Slouching . . . some other ones. I don’t really remember.
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  Gadi_Cohen | Sep 22, 2021 |
Interesting read, I enjoyed the writing, but I felt the book needed something to pull it together. ( )
  KittyCatrinCat | Aug 29, 2021 |
I listened to this on Audible. The narrator, Diane Keaton was an inspired choice. Loved this!@ ( )
  scoene | Jul 13, 2021 |
Your Mom Goes To A Rock Concert
Joan Didion was 32 years old during the Summer of Love - 1967 San Francisco, the general time frame of this collection of pop culture essays. To give the reader of this review context, I in contrast was twelve. Though I cannot claim to have visited the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco during that summer, I certainly idealized and idolized the rock bands who played at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival held in June of that summer outside the city. To a young teen living in a small town in the Midwest, the message to abandon the stifling constraints of post-World War II America, to reject the claimed necessity of the Vietnam War, to throw out the prejudice and discrimination rampant in the country at the time, was extremely powerful. In my view, that message lit a spark that led America to abandon the costly and senseless war, and led Americans to begin to open up a little bit more to gender and racial equality. In these dark times, the final days of COVID-19, shortly after the insurrection in Washington of January 6, 2021, and in the midst of a reckoning triggered by police violence against African Americans, that summer seems like a moment of light.
Well, Joan Didion is here to tell you she actually was in San Francisco that summer, checked out the dirty kids, and there's 'nothing here worth seeing, just move along'. The book's title, also used for the centerpiece essay on 1967 San Francisco, refers to the poem The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats, and it tells you that Ms. Didion sees the dirty kids as harbingers of the decline and fall of Western Culture:
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Other essays about modern times in California project a similarly fatalistic atmosphere: a suburban housewife murders her husband ("A lot of girls live here, a lot of girls who somehow misunderstood the promise"), Joan Baez is squirreled away in a schoolhouse ("She had only a small repertory of Child ballads..., never trained her pure soprano and annoyed some purists...."), a guy is paid to do nothing by Howard Hughes, and a central film expressing the angst of Cuban Missile Crisis America, Dr. Strangelove "was essentially a one-line gag."
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  TH_Shunk | Jul 6, 2021 |
Didion writes for herself, stitching together errant observations of people and the cultural milieu in 1960s California. While this slice of time and space is not particularly interesting to me, I love how confidently Didion writes, pretty much like a man that takes for granted that his words will be considered interesting by others. I felt low-key anxious reading her essays, though, suffocated by the performative behavior, unhappiness, and lack of self awareness among the people she describes.

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  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
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W. B. Yeats's poem beginning:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;


...is set down in full, as well as a quote from Miss Peggy Lee:

I learned courage from Buddah, Jesus, Lincoln, Einstein, and Cary Grant.
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This is a story about love and death in the golden land, and begins with the country.
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To have that sense of one's intrinsic worth which constitutes self-respect is potentially to have everything: the ability to discriminate, to love and to remain indifferent. To lack it is to be locked within oneself, paradoxically incapable of either love or indifference.
It is often said that New York City is a city for only the very rich and the very poor. It is less often said that New York is also, at least for those of us who came there from somewhere else, a city for only the very young.
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The "dazzling" and essential portrayal of 1960s America from the author of South and West and The Year of Magical Thinking (The New York Times). Capturing the tumultuous landscape of the United States, and in particular California, during a pivotal era of social change, the first work of nonfiction from one of American literature's most distinctive prose stylists is a modern classic. In twenty razor-sharp essays that redefined the art of journalism, National Book Award-winning author Joan Didion reports on a society gripped by a deep generational divide, from the "misplaced children" dropping acid in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district to Hollywood legend John Wayne filming his first picture after a bout with cancer. She paints indelible portraits of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes and folk singer Joan Baez, "a personality before she was entirely a person," and takes readers on eye-opening journeys to Death Valley, Hawaii, and Las Vegas, "the most extreme and allegorical of American settlements." First published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been heralded by the New York Times Book Review as "a rare display of some of the best prose written today in this country" and named to Time magazine's list of the one hundred best and most influential nonfiction books. It is the definitive account of a terrifying and transformative decade in American history whose discordant reverberations continue to sound a half-century later.

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