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The White Album de Joan Didion
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The White Album (1979 original; edició 1990)

de Joan Didion (Autor)

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An extraordinary report on the aftermath of the 1960's in America by the New York Times-bestselling author of South and West and Slouching Towards Bethlehem. In this landmark essay collection, Joan Didion brilliantly interweaves her own "bad dreams" with those of a nation confronting the dark underside of 1960's counterculture. From a jailhouse visit to Black Panther Party cofounder Huey Newton to witnessing First Lady of California Nancy Reagan pretend to pick flowers for the benefit of news cameras, Didion captures the paranoia and absurdity of the era with her signature blend of irony and insight. She takes readers to the "giddily splendid" Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the cool mountains of Bogotá, and the Jordanian Desert, where Bishop James Pike went to walk in Jesus's footsteps-and died not far from his rented Ford Cortina. She anatomizes the culture of shopping malls-"toy garden cities in which no one lives but everyone consumes"-and exposes the contradictions and compromises of the women's movement. In the iconic title essay, she documents her uneasy state of mind during the years leading up to and following the Manson murders-a terrifying crime that, in her memory, surprised no on… (més)
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Títol:The White Album
Autors:Joan Didion (Autor)
Informació:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1990), 224 pages
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I adored this book. Didion writes beautifully, with a quickness and wit that is the equal of anything I've read. An essay can be heading on one direction, instantly turn on its head for a sentence or paragraph and then resume its original course, or change direction yet again. Everything is full of meaning, but as she explains in one of the later essays, it's not some meaning about the world, but only ever a personal one. Orchids, the Hoover Dam and serial killers are worth writing about because they're interesting, not because they're significant. It's a follow your nose attitude to intellectual life that makes Didion very fun company.

So is there anything deeper here, or is it just an exercise in aesthetics? Well first of all, what does "just aesthetics" mean? But second, yes I think there is. These essays are a celebration of curiosity and a warning against seriousness. Didion is modelling a spirit of enquiry and lightness which would make the world a much better place. She's not apolitical, in fact the timelessness of her political commentary is testament to the power of her approach. By looking at personality, style and rhetoric, she more accurately characterises the political temper of the time than the serious pundits and experts whose commentary long ago grew stale.

And that style! Everything is so clearly described and laden with meaning. It's a pleasure to read and wonderfully entertaining, which is exactly what a book should be. ( )
  robfwalter | Jul 31, 2023 |
Joan Didion books should only be read when one is in Los Angeles, preferably when it is very hot and you have just finished driving around town. The one exception to this rule is "The Year of Magical Thinking", which must be read at night in a Manhattan apartment when you are alone, so that people do not see you cry, or do not see you not cry. ( )
  blueskygreentrees | Jul 30, 2023 |
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  jarrettbrown | Jul 4, 2023 |
Leggere Didion oggi, nei suoi racconti degli anni '60 e '70, significa farsi accompagnare in un mondo che non c'è più, se non in qualche fotografia o film. Significa scoprire dove nasce una certa scrittura di "reportage" che oggi diamo per scontata, in cui l'esposizione personale - soprattutto dell'occhio critico e ironico - diventa fondamentale e rende la cronaca letteratura. Libro importante. ( )
  d.v. | May 16, 2023 |
I didn't know what to expect with this, but I found it interesting and absorbing. Her style is at times rambling, but conversational as though you're talking over coffee. She brings fragments of time to vibrant life, sometimes painting the everyday as beautiful or awe worthy. These essays are accessible, intelligent explorations, and certainly worth diving into. ( )
  AngelaJMaher | Nov 23, 2022 |
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An extraordinary report on the aftermath of the 1960's in America by the New York Times-bestselling author of South and West and Slouching Towards Bethlehem. In this landmark essay collection, Joan Didion brilliantly interweaves her own "bad dreams" with those of a nation confronting the dark underside of 1960's counterculture. From a jailhouse visit to Black Panther Party cofounder Huey Newton to witnessing First Lady of California Nancy Reagan pretend to pick flowers for the benefit of news cameras, Didion captures the paranoia and absurdity of the era with her signature blend of irony and insight. She takes readers to the "giddily splendid" Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the cool mountains of Bogotá, and the Jordanian Desert, where Bishop James Pike went to walk in Jesus's footsteps-and died not far from his rented Ford Cortina. She anatomizes the culture of shopping malls-"toy garden cities in which no one lives but everyone consumes"-and exposes the contradictions and compromises of the women's movement. In the iconic title essay, she documents her uneasy state of mind during the years leading up to and following the Manson murders-a terrifying crime that, in her memory, surprised no on

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