Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Seven Places of the Mind by Joan Didion

Joan Didion was one of the best chroniclers of life in California.  The essays collected in Slouching Towards Bethlehem make up the best portrait of California in the 1960’s that you’re likely to ever find. I hope people are still reading them fifty years from now.  The non-fiction essay is typically so tied up with its own time that it fails to remain widely read after its initial … Continue reading Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Seven Places of the Mind by Joan Didion

Joan Didion vs. Joan Didion: “John Wayne: A Love Song” and “Slouching Towards Bethlehem”

I consider this a lucky draw. The nine and the king of spades were both essays by Joan Didion in my second deck for the Deal Me In Short Story Challenge.  Obviously, since these are both non-fiction essay, I’ve changed up the rules to suit my own personal taste.  I’ve also been reading two “cards” at a time and trying to find a link between the … Continue reading Joan Didion vs. Joan Didion: “John Wayne: A Love Song” and “Slouching Towards Bethlehem”

Joan Didion vs. Jessica Mitford: A Deal-Me-In Short Story Non-Fiction Special Edition

I’m really breaking Jay’s rules now. The Deal Me In Short Story Challenge asks readers to assign one story to each card in a deck of 52.  Draw one card each week; read and review the story that goes with it.  Since I joined, I’ve been drawing two cards at a time and looking for ways I can connect the randomly selected stories.   For … Continue reading Joan Didion vs. Jessica Mitford: A Deal-Me-In Short Story Non-Fiction Special Edition