Slouching Towards Bethlehem is a collection of essays by Joan Didion that mainly describes her experiences in California during the s. It takes its title from the poem " The Second Coming " by W. The title essay describes Didion's impressions of the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the women escort sites heyday as a countercultural center.
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In contrast to the more utopian image of the milieu promoted by counterculture sympathizers then and now, Didion offers a rather grim portrayal of the goings-on, including an encounter with a pre-school-age child who was given LSD by her parents. One critic describes the essay as "a social escort thailand depiction of the aimless hippi of the disaffected and incoherent young," with Didion positioned as "a cool observer but not a hardhearted one.
At the time I started doing these pieces it was hippe considered a good thing for writers to put themselves front and center, but I had this strong feeling you had to place yourself there and tell the reader who that was at the other end of the voice. Didion originally wrote the piece as an asment for The Saturday Evening Post in In her preface pittsburgh shemale escort the book, Didion writes, "I went to San Francisco because I had not been able to work in some months, had been paralyzed by the conviction that writing was an irrelevant act, that the world as I had understood it no longer existed.
If I was to work again at all, it would be necessary for me to come to terms with disorder.
The book was immediately favorably received; its popularity continued to grow and become a "phenomenon" with a devoted readership in subsequent years. In The New York Times Book Reviewnovelist and screenwriter Dudley personals w4m Wakefield wrote, "Didion's first collection of nonfiction writing, Slouching Towards Bethlehembrings together some of the finest magazine pieces published by anyone in this hippke in recent years.
Now that Truman Capote has pronounced that such work may achieve the stature of 'art,' perhaps it hippid possible for this collection to be recognized as it should be: not as a better yippie worse example of what some people call escort golders green journalism,' but as a rich display of some of the best prose written today in this country. For other uses, see Slouching Towards Bethlehem disambiguation.
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