Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Essays
Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504045653
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 361
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The “dazzling” and essential portrayal of 1960s America from the author of South and West and The Year of Magical Thinking (The New York Times). Capturing the tumultuous landscape of the United States, and in particular California, during a pivotal era of social change, the first work of nonfiction from one of American literature’s most distinctive prose stylists is a modern classic. In twenty razor-sharp essays that redefined the art of journalism, National Book Award–winning author Joan Didion reports on a society gripped by a deep generational divide, from the “misplaced children” dropping acid in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district to Hollywood legend John Wayne filming his first picture after a bout with cancer. She paints indelible portraits of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes and folk singer Joan Baez, “a personality before she was entirely a person,” and takes readers on eye-opening journeys to Death Valley, Hawaii, and Las Vegas, “the most extreme and allegorical of American settlements.” First published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been heralded by the New York Times Book Review as “a rare display of some of the best prose written today in this country” and named to Time magazine’s list of the one hundred best and most influential nonfiction books. It is the definitive account of a terrifying and transformative decade in American history whose discordant reverberations continue to sound a half-century later.

Electric Sheep Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Speculative Fiction in a Post Modern World
Author: Harry Eiss
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443858625
Category: Fiction
Page: 310
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On Monday, 8:15 a.m., August 6, 1945, the world changed forever. In the single largest act of destruction ever initiated by humans, a bomb with the equivalent force of 20,000 tons of TNT shattered Hiroshima, killing tens of thousands of civilians, people who had become used to the American war planes flying overhead, planes that were purposely not dropping bombs on their city, to the point where the rush to the bomb shelters had become lackadaisical, and the normal activities continued with little interruption – getting the children up and off to school, opening the many small retail stores for the daily customers, perhaps stopping at a local café for morning coffee or tea, perhaps joining in on the group exercise classes. This is the precise instant we entered the postmodern world, one where the easy truths of centuries no longer applied. Speculative Fiction projects real possibilities beyond the now shattered assumptions, moving through marginalized fictional landscapes – science fiction, fantasy, horror, weird fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero comics, graphic novels, and movies, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Cyber Punk, the New Wave, as well as related static, motion, and virtual arts, including everything from graphic novels to video games.

Wir erzählen uns Geschichten, um zu leben

Mit einem Nachwort von Antje Ravic Strubel
Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
ISBN: 3843711305
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 304
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Joan Didion erzählt von den Leitfiguren des American Dream wie Howard Hughes, Joan Baez oder John Wayne, vom Glanz Hollywoods und der Einsamkeit von Alcatraz, von der Aufbruchsstimmung der sechziger Jahre und der Ernüchterung, die ihr folgte.Dabei gelingt esihr, die amerikanische Wirklichkeit in unvergessliche Bilder zu fassen.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem


Author: Nina Coltart
Publisher: Other PressLlc
ISBN: 9781892746559
Category: Psychology
Page: 200
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Filled with clinical vignettes that bring her writings to life, the book cognently addresses such disparate topics as diagnosis, the superego, and silence, as well as the important of spirituality. The title essay, which opens the book, is justly famous–a close analysis of an apparently hopeless, elderly patient, Coltart's dramatic intervention, and the remarkable resluts of the case.

Collected Essays

Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The White Album, and After Henry
Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 150405203X
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 875
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Three essential works that redefined the art of journalism by “one of our sharpest and most trustworthy cultural observers” (The New York Times). In these masterpieces of razor-sharp reportage, the National Book Award–winning and New York Times–bestselling author proves herself one of the premier essayists of the twentieth century, “an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time” (Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review). Slouching Towards Bethlehem: America in the 1960s—a pivotal era of social change and generational divide. Here is Joan Didion on the “misplaced children” of Haight-Ashbury as well as John Wayne in Hollywood; folk singer Joan Baez and reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes; the extremes of both Death Valley and Las Vegas. Named to Time magazine’s list of the one hundred best and most influential nonfiction books, this is “a rare display of some of the best prose written today in this country” (The New York Times Book Review). The White Album: A New York Times bestseller, this landmark essay collection confronts the dark aftermath of the 1960s. From a jailhouse visit to Huey Newton, cofounder of the Black Panther Party, to a recording session with The Doors, from the culture of shopping malls to the contradictions of the women’s movement, Joan Didion captures the paranoia and absurdity of the era with irony and insight. And 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 one. After Henry: Whether reporting on a Hollywood murder or the “sideshows” of foreign wars, Joan Didion crystalizes her reputation as a brilliant essayist. Highlights include a portrait of the White House under the Reagans, two “actors on location”; an unexpected meditation on the Patty Hearst case; and an exposé on the racial divisions and class fault lines of New York City following the rape of the Central Park jogger. An indispensable collection from a writer on whom we can rely “to get the story straight” (Los Angeles Times).

Reading Joan Didion


Author: Lynn Marie Houston,William V. Lombardi
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313364036
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 159
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This book is a compelling reference guide for book clubs on the work of Joan Didion, with summaries of her major works and discussion questions. * Discussion questions on Joan Didion's works, literary movements, and literary analysis * An exhaustive bibliography of additional writings about Didion as well as similar authors and books

Joan Didion: The 1960s & 70s (LOA #325)

Run, River / Slouching Towards Bethlehem / Play It As It Lays / a Book of Common Prayer / the White Album
Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781598536454
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 950
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Library of America launches a definitive collected edition of one of the most original and electric writers of our time with a volume gathering her five iconic books of the 1960s & 70s Joan Didion's influence on postwar American letters is undeniable. Whether writing fiction, memoir, or trailblazing journalism, her gifts for narrative and dialogue, and her intimate but detached authorial persona, have won her legions of readers and admirers. Now Library of America launches its multi-volume edition of Didion's collected writings, prepared in consultation with the author, that brings together her fiction and nonfiction for the first time. Collected in this first volume are Didion's five iconic books from the 1960s and 1970s: Run, River, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Play It As It Lays, A Book of Common Prayer, and The White Album. Whether writing about countercultural San Francisco, the Las Vegas wedding industry, Lucille Miller, Charles Manson, or the shopping mall, Didion achieves a wonderful negative sublimity without condemning her subjects or condescending to her readers. Chiefly about California, these books display Didion's genius for finding exactly the right language and tone to capture America's broken twilight landscape at a moment of headlong conflict and change.

Woher ich kam


Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage
ISBN: 3843720894
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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»Unwiderstehlich... Ein Liebeslied über den Ort, an dem ihre Familie seit Generationen lebt, aber ein Liebeslied voller Fragen und Zweifel.« Michiko Kakutani, New York Times Joan Didion wurde in Sacramento geboren und verbrachte die meiste Zeit ihres Lebens in Kalifornien. In Woher ich kam spürt sie der Geschichte und den Mythen dieses Landstrichs nach, und denen ihrer Familie, die seit vielen Generationen an der Westküste beheimatet ist. Sie beschreibt vornehmlich die weibliche Ahnenreihe, aus der sie stammt, von der Ur-ur-ur-ur-ur-Großmutter Elisabeth Scott, geboren 1766 in Virginia, bis zu ihrer Mutter Eduene Jerrett Didion, die 2001 starb und in Joan Didions Augen viele der »Verwirrungen und Widersprüche kalifornischen Lebens« verkörpert hatte. Sie schreibt über die Pioniersfrau und die Rodney-King-Unruhen im Los Angeles der 90er Jahre, über den Bau der ersten Eisenbahn und die kalifornische Besessenheit mit Gefängnissen, und immer wieder über die eigene, höchst wechselvolle Beziehung zu ihrer Heimat.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

The Rise of the Antichrists
Author: Graeme Carlé
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780958274685
Category: Religion
Page: 322
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Slouching Towards Bethlehem unlocks Revelation chapter 13 and the last 2000 years of the Christian era, with startling results. Not only can we now understand the forces shaping history and the deaths of some 270 million in 20th Century genocides but we can also project the future of Israel and the Middle East.

American Women Writing Fiction

Memory, Identity, Family, Space
Author: Mickey Pearlman
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813127507
Category: Political Science
Page: N.A
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The works of Walt Whitman have been described as masculine, feminine, postcolonial, homoerotic, urban, organic, unique, and democratic, yet arguments about the extent to which Whitman could or should be considered a political poet have yet to be fully confronted. Some scholars disregard WhitmanÕs understanding of democracy, insisting on separating his personal works from his political works. A Political Companion to Walt Whitman is the first full-length exploration of WhitmanÕs works through the lens of political theory. Editor John E. Seery and a collection of prominent theorists and philosophers uncover the political awareness of WhitmanÕs poetry and prose, analyzing his faith in the potential of individuals, his call for a revolution in literature and political culture, and his belief in the possibility of combining heroic individualism with democratic justice. A Political Companion to Walt Whitman reaches beyond literature into political theory, revealing the ideology behind WhitmanÕs call for the emergence of American poets of democracy.

Sentimentale Reisen


Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
ISBN: 384371438X
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 336
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»Ihr Scharfsinn ist gewohnt fein geschliffen und ihr Blick eiswasserklar... Didion hat die Stimmung in Amerika eingefangen.« The New York Times Joan Didion gilt seit langem als eine der brillantesten Autorinnen der USA. Die in diesem Band versammelten Essays und Reportagen aus den Jahren 1982 bis 1992 belegen dies eindrucksvoll. Ob Joan Didion vom Parteitag der Demokraten unter Bill Clinton berichtet oder von einem spektakulären Prozess in New York City, ob sie sich mit der Politik, den Medien oder dem Showbusiness befasst — immer zeichnen ihre Texte ein präzises Bild des geistigen und kulturellen Klimas in Amerika, das noch heute gültig ist. »Die beste Feder der amerikanischen Intellektuellen.« Der Spiegel »Jeder ihrer Sätze ist kostbar.« Die Welt

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Wormwood Goes Online: a Modern Spin on the Screwtape Letters
Author: R. L. Thorne Cramer
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781975630898
Category:
Page: 204
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The demon from C.S. Lewis' book, The Screwtape Letters, is making a comeback! He has partnered with a new mentor, Baal-Kobalt. By reading their emails, we gain a demonic insight as to how Christianity is being marginalized in the US and why the church is failing to transform the culture. Satirical in its tone but serious in its warning, this novel is a fire alarm for the church.

Blaue Stunden


Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
ISBN: 3843702233
Category: Fiction
Page: 208
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„In manchen Breitengraden gibt es vor der Sommersonnenwende und danach eine Zeitspanne, nur wenige Wochen, in der die Dämmerungen lang und blau werden. Während der blauen Stunden glaubt man, der Tag wird nie enden. Wenn die Zeit der blauen Stunden sich dem Ende nähert (und das wird sie, sie endet), erlebt man ein Frösteln, eine Vorahnung der Krankheit: das blaue Licht verschwindet, die Tage werden schon kürzer, der Sommer ist vorbei.“ In Blaue Stunden erinnert Joan Didion sich an ihre Tochter Quintana, daran,wie es war, sie aufwachsen zu sehen und Abschied zu nehmen, als Quintana mit nur 39 Jahren starb. Eine sehr persönliche Bilanz der großen amerikanischen Autorin und ein ehrliches Buch über Tod und Vergänglichkeit, Erinnerung und Alter, über das, was wir verlieren, und das, was bleibt.

Wagering on Transcendence

The Search for Meaning in Literature
Author: Phyllis Carey
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781556129827
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 299
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Wagering on Transcendence explores the question of ultimate meaning in literature. Through essays, Mount Mary College professors from various disciplines analyze several pieces of literature from a variety of genres and authors to show how each depicts the human struggle to find meaning. The essays analyze concrete examples of spiritual journeys, the ways in which nature can be an avenue of transcendence, the transforming effect that the search for meaning can have on the individual, how transcendence can be experienced through community, the roles of language and story in the quest for transcendence, and the wager itself: how our bets about the existence of the Divine determine how we live our lives.

Menschen am Fluss


Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
ISBN: 3843706670
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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Alles beginnt mit einem Schuss. Als Everett McClelland den heimlichen Liebhaber seiner Frau Lily erschießt, ist das nicht nur der hilflose Versuch, seine Ehe vor dem endgültigen Zerfall zu retten. Es ist auch der Höhepunkt einer seit Jahrzehnten schwelenden Rivalität zwischen mächtigen Farmerdynastien im fruchtbaren Sacramento Valley. Joan Didion erzählt in ihrem ersten Roman eine Familiengeschichte, so archaisch und voll rauer Schönheit wie die Landschaft Kaliforniens, die Didions Heimat ist.

Süden und Westen

Notizen
Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage
ISBN: 384371763X
Category: Social Science
Page: 160
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»Sie werden aus diesen vierzig Jahre alten Notizen mehr über Amerikas Zukunft erfahren als aus der Zeitung von morgen.« Esquire Ein feinsinniges Porträt uramerikanischer Landschaften, in dem sich bereits die Bruchlinien andeuten, an denen entlang sich das heutige Amerika spaltet: Im Sommer 1970 unternahm Joan Didion gemeinsam mit ihrem Mann John Gregory Dunne eine Reise in die amerikanischen Südstaaten, mit der vagen Idee, darüber zu schreiben. Das Stück ist nie erschienen, aber ihre Notizen blieben erhalten und werden nun erstmals veröffentlicht. Wie in ihren hochgelobten Essays und Reportagen zeigt sich auch in diesem ursprünglichen Material die Beobachtungsgabe, der Scharfsinn und das Gespür für beiläufige und doch vielsagende Szenen sowie Didions präzise, unwiderstehlich rhythmisierte Sprache, die ihre Texte so einzigartig macht. Ergänzt werden Didions Reisenotizen um bisher ebenfalls unveröffentlichte Aufzeichnungen, die 1976 entstanden, als sie in San Francisco im Auftrag des Rolling Stone den Prozess beobachtete, der der Millionenerbin Patty Hearst wegen Bankraubs gemacht wurde. »Ein Buch für ihre vielen hingebungsvollen Leser und für jeden, der sich für den geheimnisvollen Prozess des Schreibens interessiert.« Booklist

Slouching Towards Gomorrah

Modern Liberalism and American Decline
Author: Robert H. Bork
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062030914
Category: Political Science
Page: 432
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In this New York Times bestselling book, Robert H. Bork, our country's most distinguished conservative scholar, offers a prophetic and unprecedented view of a culture in decline, a nation in such serious moral trouble that its very foundation is crumbling: a nation that slouches not towards the Bethlehem envisioned by the poet Yeats in 1919, but towards Gomorrah. Slouching Towards Gomorrah is a penetrating, devastatingly insightful exposé of a country in crisis at the end of the millennium, where the rise of modern liberalism, which stresses the dual forces of radical egalitarianism (the equality of outcomes rather than opportunities) and radical individualism (the drastic reduction of limits to personal gratification), has undermined our culture, our intellect, and our morality. In a new Afterword, the author highlights recent disturbing trends in our laws and society, with special attention to matters of sex and censorship, race relations, and the relentless erosion of American moral values. The alarm he sounds is more sobering than ever: we can accept our fate and try to insulate ourselves from the effects of a degenerating culture, or we can choose to halt the beast, to oppose modern liberalism in every arena. The will to resist, he warns, remains our only hope.

Ecstasy and Understanding

Religious Awareness in English Poetry from the Late Victorian to the Modern Period
Author: Adrian Grafe
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441193138
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 196
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This collection of research explores the interaction of religious awareness and literary expression in English poetry in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Many different types of poetics may be seen to be at work in the period 1875 to 2005, along with various kinds of religious awareness and poetic expression. Religious experience has a crucial influence on literary language, and the latter is renewed by religious culture. The religious dimension has been a decisive factor of modern English poetic expression of the last hundred years or so. The religious and mystical dimension of poetry of the period is borne out by the focus on, among other things, grace and purgation, the tension between time and eternity, redemption and the demands of eschatology, immanence and transcendence, and conversion and martyrdom. Chapters also explore how church practice and ritual, architecture and liturgy, play into the poetry of the period. This volume offers a comprehensive discussion of this important but often overlooked aspect of modern English poetry.