- Paperback: 222 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 59246th edition (November 10, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374532079
- ISBN-13: 978-0374532079
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 191 g
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The White Album Paperback – 10 November 2009
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"[Didion] can strike at the heart, or the absurdity, of a matter in our contemporary wasteland with quick, graceful strokes." --San Francisco Chronicle
"All of the essays--even the slightest--manifest not only [Didion's] intelligence, but an instinct for details that continue to emit pulsations in the reader's memory and a style that is spare, subtly musical in its phrasing and exact. Add to these her highly vulnerable sense of herself, and the result is a voice like no other in contemporary journalism." --Robert Towers, The New York Times Book Review
"Didion manages to make the sorry stuff of troubled times (bike movies, for instance, and Bishop James Pike) as interesting and suggestive as the monuments that win her dazzled admiration (Georgia O'Keeffe, the Hoover Dam, the mountains around Bogota). . . A timely and elegant collection." --The New Yorker
About the Author
Joan Didion is highly regarded as a writer of both nonfiction and fiction and received the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2007. Her books include The White Album, Play It As It Lays, and Slouching Towards Bethlehem. She lives in New York City.
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Her only weak pieces in the book are the ones in which she clearly had something to say from the start. It becomes apparent in her Hollywood essay that she didn't really wrestle with the material, so she tries to end it with poetics, which fall flat. She knew where she wanted to go, and she headed straight there.
However, the bulk of this book is pure GENIUS. Notes on a Dreampolitik still haunts me as a reader, and a writer. Good Citizens is another must-read. Her desire to control California's water, GRIPPING. She takes me to places I don't care about, talks about things that don't interest me, and PULLS me in. How the hell did she get into Reagan's garden for an exclusive? She never says. Didion is pure magic, and like a good magician, she never reveals her trick. She's a master, and deserves all the praise she receives. No one, NO ONE can write nonfiction without studying Didion first. She is canon.
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