South and West

South and West

From A Notebook

eBook - 2017
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-- The Year of Magical Thinking Joan Didion has always kept notebooks: of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays and articles--and here is one such draft that traces a road trip she took with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, in June 1970, through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. She interviews prominent local figures, describes motels, diners, a deserted reptile farm, a visit with Walker Percy, a ladies' brunch at the Mississippi Broadcasters' Convention. She writes about the stifling heat, the almost viscous pace of life, the sulfurous light, and the preoccupation with race, class, and heritage she finds in the small towns they pass through. And from a different notebook: the "California Notes" that began as an assignment from -- ? One of TIME?s ? One of The New York Times Book Review's.
Topical Term: Biography as a literary form
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Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2017
ISBN: 9781524732806
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Apr 07, 2018

Not the best work of Didion. A sort of wandering through the south of the USA with no explicit conclusions or descriptions and not very many implicit ones either.

hholley Nov 16, 2017

A quick, thoughtful read in the classic Joan Didion writing style.

Oct 23, 2017

Takes you back to 1970's Southern life where we were so different and so, wow, not like California in 2017, except maybe that you could see Trump as president in 1970's Mississippi. Really gorgeous description of the cultural landscape, especially toward race, class, customs, traditions, and change that isn't change from the perspective of over forty years. There's nothing better to read than a Joan Didion notebook - it's over before you know it but you feel like you've lived it. And it's better to live it through her writing than through your own experience, especially in 2017.

Apr 27, 2017

Joan Didion's craft is the very best of the latter half of the 20th century.
You will learn something; something important.
A new word or phrase will expand your intellect.
You will also laugh a great deal.
Most writers do not come close.


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