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South and West: From a Notebook
by Joan Didion
rating: 3.3 (38 reviews)


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From the best-selling author of the National Book Award-winning The Year of Magical Thinking: two extended excerpts from her never-before-seen notebooks--writings that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary writer.

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 Rolling Stone on the Patty Hearst trial of 1976. Though Didion never wrote the piece, watching the trial and being in San Francisco triggered thoughts about the city, its social hierarchy, the Hearsts, and her own upbringing in Sacramento. Here, too, is the beginning of her thinking about the West, its landscape, the western women who were heroic for her, and her own lineage, all of which would appear later in her acclaimed 2003 book, Where I Was From.

 
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rank: #6,183
price: $12.42
bound:
publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (March 7, 2017)
lang: English
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isbn: 1524732796, 978-1524732790,
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South and West: From a Notebook Joan Didion






Knopfflag 2 likesLike see review LovelyAt a luncheon in Biloxi, a congressman says that for the rest of the nation to take an interest in his state is like havin an obstetrician in New Jersey when the babys bein born in MississippiShe does chronicle her interviews with some locals and others, including a visit with Walker Percy (for which readers will certainly yearn for more details)2Grizzled political observers can recallit was just less than three years ago, though it feels like many morewhen conservative media were branding Barack Obama a raging narcissist

had found that particularly inexcusable.“What am I meant to conclude?” he demanded rhetorically of his wifeJoan 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 AlabamaOn a humid afternoon this past November, I pulled off Interstate 75 into a stretch of Florida pine forest tangled with runaway vinesJoan Didion has always kept notebooks: of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays and articlesand 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 AlabamaThe first and more extensive is Notes on the South, an impressionistic record of a meandering, month-long driving trip in 1970 with her late husband (the writer John Gregory Dunne) through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama

The order to integrate schools immediately (80% black, 20% white) came in February: why didnt they wait until September when a little more time might have gotten some folks to go along, a local white man with school-aged kids opinedAnd observeThe childhood of a young white boy in the South may be the best childhood in the world, she imaginesThe Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement are a terrible history and scar that all must recognize and come to terms with, but I hold that forward motion on race relations is no longer only a Southern issue but is a national tragedy all American need to recognize and come to terms with“They simply cannot be held to account.”“They just can’t,” the old woman said.“It comes in on the radar.”The words hung in the airOne may not find the interested engagement and structured style one may have encountered in Slouching Towards Bethlehem, or the contemplative meditation of Blue Nights, but what one could possibly encounter in this collection is unflinching honesty written in a way that unveils a piece of the American fabric, in as much as it also reveals a writer's disappointmentCheck Out These 21 Books Youve Been Meaning to Read See the List Eating is an ordeal, as in an institution, something to be endured in the interests of survival."The point of view is distant and unconvinced when a dinner host says something about how the blacks would return to the delta if there were jobs anymore because this is a place with a strong pullI must have coffee and doughnuts at the French MarketShe tells us of her upbringing and we see where she gets her sense of confidence and superiority

The place is physically dark, dark like the negative of a photograph, dark like an X-ray: the atmosphere absorbs its own light, never reflects light but sucks it in until random objects glow with a morbid luminescenceHere, too, is the beginning of her thinking about the West, its landscape, the western women who were heroic for her, and her own lineage, all of which would appear later in her acclaimed 2003 book, Where I Was FromThe crypts above ground dominate certain vistasIn Grenada, Miss., she reports: We went out to a lake, and then to dinner at the Holiday Inn, this being another of those towns where the Holiday Inn is the best place to eatMar 26, 2017 Jennine rated it really liked it Loved this book - a very special birthday gift from a very special friend! flag 2 likesLike see review It's amazing and beautifully writtenAnd, often enough, they remind us of her brilliance as a stylist, social commentator and observerThe smaller portion of the book deals with California around the time of the Patty Hearst trial 48a4f088c3


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