Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The White Album by Joan Didion

I love Joan Didion. The White Album was the first of her books that I read and is definitely one that I should read again some day. This collection of essays touches on L.A. in the 60s, the Black Panther Party, a Doors recording session, prison meetings with Linda Kasabian, a former follower of Charles Manson (Didion had actually known Sharon Tate), Didion's own psychological issues, California politics, the John Paul Getty museum, second-wave feminism, traveling through Colombia, and so on. There's something about California in the 6os that is so fascinating, and Didion's spare and elegant prose style makes it all the more compelling.

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