Slouching Towards BethlehemBook - 2008
The classic collection of essays in social change -- from Haight-Ashbury to our own inner landscapes -- by the author of A Book of Common Prayer, Salvador, and Miami.
Originally published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1968
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If you’re one of the 20-somethings who currently carry tote bags emblazoned with Joan Didion’s face, you’re probably familiar with this one. But if you’re not, her first collection of nonfiction is the best place to start to understand why such tote bags exist. Didion’s essays in “Slouching” are ... Read More »
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The center was not holding. It was a country of bankruptcy notices and public-auction announcements and commonplace reports of casual killings and misplaced children and abandoned homes and vandals who misplaced even the four-letter words they scrawled. It was a country in which families routinely disappeared, trailing bad checks and repossession papers. Adolescents drifted from city to torn city, sloughing off both the past and the future as snakes shed their skins, children who were never taught and would never now learn the games that had held the society together. People were missing. Children were missing. Parents were missing. Those left behind filed desultory missing- persons reports, then moved on themselves.
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