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    PDF/EBOOK (The White Album) “We tell ourselves stories in order to live We look for the sermon in the suicide for the social or moral lesson in the murder of five We interpret what we see select the most workable of the multiple choices We

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    Read The White Album PDF/EBOOK (The White Album) Read Í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ç Joan Didion The White Album was reuired reading for my American Experience class I didn't love the book at first but after a couple of essays Didion's uiet style started to grow on me This collection is a revealing narrative of events that occurred in the 1960's and 1970's It examines the lives of famous and infamous people and places Charles Manson Ramón Novarro the Hoover Dam Huey Newton the California freeway Bogotá

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    PDF/EBOOK (The White Album) If I had started with The White Album instead of Slouching Toward Bethlehem I might have been spared two years of blithely embarrassing myself w

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    PDF/EBOOK (The White Album) In one essay Joan Didion mentions Grace Cathedral Park in San Francisco I don't know anything about the cathedral or the park except that it's the name and setting for one of my all time favorite songs My love for Mark Kozelek and the

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    Read Í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ç Joan Didion PDF/EBOOK (The White Album) Joan Didion Ç 6 Summary Reading Didion’s essays is not unlike unearthing a time capsule you didn’t know existed from a parallel universe that appears earthlike Sure there are words like California and feminism and Malibu – but Didion does things to those familiar events and locales that changes them into an uniue vision a Didionism Whether we’re standing w

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    PDF/EBOOK (The White Album) As was the case with Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem certain aspects of The White Album seem hopelessl

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    PDF/EBOOK (The White Album) I didn’t love these essays until about the midpoint “The Women’s Movement” a devastatingly good piece about the wa

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    PDF/EBOOK (The White Album) We tell ourselves stories in order to live is the well known first line of this collection and of the title essay and it has probably played

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    PDF/EBOOK (The White Album) I've always thought that I was somehow naïve to some sort of greater truth about reality or at least the United States or at least California because I had never read anything by Joan Didion Friends and acuaintances and strangers

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    PDF/EBOOK (The White Album) Her essays bring back thoughts and memories of my own experiences growing up in the 60s and 70s Very much enjoyed this series of essays

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Read Í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ç Joan Didion

The White Album

The White Album Read & download ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB A meditation on the romance of water in an arid landscape and reflections on the swirl and confusion that marked this era With commanding sureness of mood and language Didion exposes the realities and dreams of an age of self discovery whose spiritual center was California Table of ContentsI THE WHITE ALBUMThe White Album II CALIFORNIA. As was the case with Joan Didion s Slouching Towards Bethlehem certain aspects of The White Album seem hopelessly dated I have no idea who Bishop James Pike is for instance and now that I ve read about him I still don t really care But another aspect of this collection irked me even Didion s all encompassing weariness her mild derision for seemingly everything and everyone with whom she crosses paths Even in her younger years did Joan Didion ever get excited about anything ever even things she loved Seemingly not But in this book we also learn some personal things about Joan Didion Over the years these essays encompass she is admitted to a psychiatric hospital for what looks to be a combination of depression and anxiety Her marriage seems to be on shaky ground She gets crippling migraines at least once a week She is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a fact that is mentioned once and never again I was reminded of Didion s novel Play It as It Lays a favorite of mine wherein the protagonist experiences her fair share of trauma and copes with it by withdrawing a numbness and lack of affect substituting for the expressive human emotions It s pretty clear Joan Didion is never going to show you her whole hand but it s a good bet she s concealing something major So for me the net effect of reading Didion s essays is a burning curiosity about Didion herself To the extent that it s possible I m going to start satisfying that curiosity posthaste

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The White Album Read & download ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB REPUBLICJames Pike AmericanHoly WaterMany MansionsThe GettyBureaucratsGood CitizensNotes Toward a Dreampolitik III WOMENThe Women's MovementDoris LessingGeorgia O'Keeffe IV SOJOURNSIn the IslandsIn HollywoodIn BedOn the RoadOn the MallIn BogotaAt the Dam V ON THE MORNING AFTER THE SIXTIESOn the Morning After the Sixtiesuiet Days in Mali. I didn t love these essays until about the midpoint The Women s Movement a devastatingly good piece about the watering down of feminism in mid century America about the heartbreaking shift of a vitally important revolutionary movement as it lost touch with its ideological base and became ever a vehicle appropriated by a leisure class its goals moving away from seeking the possibility for an individual to create their own uniue destiny unfettered by traditional obstacles and bias and moving toward something like a seeking of the possibility for the mere prolongation of adolescence a fear of growing up a form of escapism than a new form of liberation This seems to me even today a very important and accurate assessment of not only what happened within various egalitarian movements in the last half of the 20th century but a shift that occurred on whole societal generational levels in AmericaAfter that midpoint in the book pretty much every essay contains little revelations little personal thunderstorms and continental illuminations Didion does such a great job of balancing the internal and the external the personal and the social the personal and the political Her cultural criticisms are downright measured but no less defanged such intelligence and confidence need not be blustery and what I find at the heart of many of the cultural and political essays is a distanced lamentation for an America that could have been but was lost or obliterated at some vague point in the latter days of the 60 s could have been if we were less forgetful of history less willing to take the path of least resistance less entitled less ready to meet our better selves less easily resigned to things as they come packaged She rarely seems angry she often seems disappointed Her prose is never shaken this woman can write a hell of a balanced beautiful sentence but what we are given as her personality often seems on the verge of tearing in the winds of her timesSpeaking of wind is an important element in this collection Wind blows from the Pacific through an open hotel room window as she anticipates a tidal wave and a possible divorce in Honolulu Wind stirs up debris in the streets of Bogota Wind blows and stokes fires across southern California that heat to such an extreme that birds explode in mid air Wind ripples the surface of the ocean as she observers a diver submerging into cold water thick with kelp Wind has aided the coastal fires in coating the surface of the water with soot The elements are ever present and interactive Water nourishes Amado Vazuez s thousands of orchids before fire destroys them Light and water on the beaches of California and Hawaii coddle the idle survivors of old money She is a great observer of rain rain and its antithesis dust Water holds special sway over her recollections the flow of water and the absence of water water held back by dams flow stations the control and release of water as it would anyone living in the arid southwest or California s strange meteorological zones Light the viscosity of air in certain places the various colors of vegetation and vegetation s abundance or lack even a person s voice or posture their slightest motion Didion is so conscious of the tone of a setting and the settings constituent pieces be it a forest or an airport a hotel room in New York or student demonstration a stretch of coast or a shopping mall the Hoover Dam or the Getty Museum She is a master at uncovering the telling detail of a scene and this includes the obscure detail ferreted out that in brief is revelatory of someone or something s broader historicityHer voice is always re centering in the human the cultural the societal the orientation of the individual in respect to the massive undulations of the country and the epoch A military graveyard attendant Soldiers Lifeguards Botanists Filmmakers Painters Writers Politician s wives Radical activists Murderers Musicians That she can project a totality of all of these things and get at the heart of ideas that define a very specific time and place California USA 1960 s and 70 s and at the same time write it so that we feel that we have been allowed a purview of not only that era but of the intimate space where it touched a specific woman s memory is impressive indeed

Read Í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ç Joan Didion

The White Album Read & download ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB First published in 1979 The White Album is a journalistic mosaic of American life in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s It includes among other bizarre artifacts and personalities reportage on the dark journeys and impulses of the Manson family a visit to a Black Panther Party press conference the story of John Paul Getty's museum. The White Album was reuired reading for my American Experience class I didn t love the book at first but after a couple of essays Didion s uiet style started to grow on me This collection is a revealing narrative of events that occurred in the 1960 s and 1970 s It examines the lives of famous and infamous people and places Charles Manson Ram n Novarro the Hoover Dam Huey Newton the California freeway Bogot Doris Lessing and others Didion gives candid and thoughtful snapshots of a time past some things uniue to California others universal She focuses on the mundane and personal in a very revealing and intimate fashion that is helpful in understanding what life was like then Just as the author was living and reflecting on a time that was full of growth and change these essays serve to illustrate that our time also has its similar and uniue difficulties and joysI look forward to reading her recent collection of essays on America since 911

  • Paperback
  • 222
  • The White Album
  • Joan Didion
  • English
  • 13 March 2020
  • 9780374522216