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Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
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Jul 30, 11

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My Scottish tour guide to California sent a copy of this book and all of a sudden it's exactly the time to re-read this brilliant collection of essays.

I'm only on page 72, so for now, just one passage before my morning bicycle:

There has always been that divergence between our official and our unofficial heroes. It is impossible to think of Howard Hughes without seeing the apparently bottomless gulf between what we say we want and what we do want, between what we officially admire and secretly desire, between, in the largest sense, the people we marry and the people we love. In a nation which increasingly appears to prize social virtues, Howard Hughes remains not merely antisocial but grandly, brilliantly, surpassingly, asocial. He is the last private man, the dream we no longer admit.
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