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Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
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Everyone I know who reads a lot or considers themselves writers has told me to read Joan Didion. I always cringe and go the other way when too many people tell me to do the same thing. I’m not sure where, or when, this resistance to Didion started. But it has somehow manifested itself in my psyche.

During my first semester at Antioch University, Rob Roberge, in one of his brilliant seminars, made a few comical references to her. Not her writing, but of Didion, or more precisely the cult of Didion – much to the disapproval of my fellow students – so furthering the hype that I figured I had to finally discover just what all the brouhaha was about.

Didion can write. Her descriptive narratives that make up the chapters in Slouching Towards Bethlehem prove that she can. Yet it is the “her” in her descriptive narratives that I tend to not want to experience. Maybe I’m just too jaded with preconceived ideas, or I’ve set my expectations too high. Whatever the case, I can appreciate the craft – yet find her attitude/ego too much to wade through.

Funny, but this is probably what people say about my writing. Hmmmmmmm.......
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Raymond Yes you are jaded with many preconceived ideas ... and at such an early age too. Perhaps you will grow out of it.


Patrick O'Neil Raymond wrote: "Yes you are jaded with many preconceived ideas ... and at such an early age too. Perhaps you will grow out of it." Um... now almost two years later, I just checked, and no, I haven't grown out if it.


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