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Play It as It Lays by Joan Didion
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Jan 08, 2012

it was amazing
Read from January 08 to 16, 2012

My love affair with Joan Didion's writing continues. Brilliance of this book lies entirely in what's left unwritten. Struck me as a remarkably unique feminist text, despite not advertising itself as such. I'd be interested to see what readers who aren't familiar with Hollywood/LA/Vegas history and culture think of it. I imagine it would feel like wandering down a dark hole with no explanation, but maybe not.


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01/08/2012 page 22
10.0% "I've had this one sitting on my shelf for a while because I picked up at the wrong time a few years ago and couldn't get hooked. Started again last night with better success. As a Los Angeles area native, hard not to love a book with the following description: "She drove the San Diego to the Harbor, the Harbor up to Hollywood, the Hollywood to the Golden State, the Santa Monica, the Santa Ana, . . . the Ventura.""

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