Slouching Towards Bethlehem

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 ...

Author: Joan Didion

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504045653

Category: Literary Collections

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.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Joan Didion's savage masterpiece, which, since first publication in 1968, has been acknowledged as an unparalleled report on the state of America during the upheaval of the Sixties Revolution.

Author: Joan Didion

Publisher: Fourth Estate

ISBN: 9780008284640

Category: California

Page: 256

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Classic literary journalism which defined, for many, the state of America during the upheaval of the Sixties Revolution "It was not a country in open revolution. It was not a country under enemy siege. It was the United States of America in the cold late spring of 1967, and the market was steady and the GNP high and a great many articulate people seemed to have a sense of high social purpose and it might have been a spring of brave hopes and national promise, but it was not..." "So physically small, so temperamentally unobtrusive, and so neurotically inarticulate" that people tended to forget that her presence ran counter to their best interests, Joan Didion slipped herself into the heart of the Sixties Revolution, only to slip out again with this savage masterpiece, which, since first publication in 1968, has been acknowledged as an unparalleled report on the state of America during those curious days. Now that some of the posturing and pronouncements of those times are being recycled, Didion's sobering reflections are timely once again: 'the future always looks good in the golden land, because no one remembers the past."

Slouching Toward Bethlehem

This volume introduced Coltart's characteristic style of journeying through important issues in analytic practice.

Author: Nina Coltart

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 1912691442

Category: Psychology

Page: 200

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In 1982, Nina Coltart gave a paper to the English-Speaking Conference of Psychoanalysts called 'Slouching towards Bethlehem... or Thinking the Unthinkable in Psychoanalysis' which created a stir and brought her to the attention of the psychoanalytic community. Ten years later, she produced her first book - this book - which contains her seminal paper alongside so many others of note. Full of eloquent, meaningful, and provocative clinical stories, Nina Coltart exposes the full truth of the therapeutic process, where an analyst may occasionally stray from orthodox practice but through such lapses may sometimes achieve hitherto unforeseen breakthroughs in treatment. This volume introduced Coltart's characteristic style of journeying through important issues in analytic practice. She elaborates on the use of intuition, the 'special' attention required by an analyst, the value of silence, and of humour, and the importance of psychosomatic processes - the way the body speaks through psychosomatic symptoms. All vitally relevant today and utterly groundbreaking at the time.

Collected Essays

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.

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).

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Offering her insights to a North American audience for the first time, this volume is an outgrowth of her vast experience as a psychoanalyst, teacher, and consultant.

Author: Nina Coltart

Publisher: Guilford Publication

ISBN: 9780898621341

Category: Psychology

Page: 200

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Deeply admired for her direct, honest, moving, and illuminating work, Nina Coltart is a highly regarded member of the British psychoanalytic community. In her talks and essays, she explores the parameters of the psychoanalytic relationship against a background of broader issues in morality and culture. Offering her insights to a North American audience for the first time, this volume is an outgrowth of her vast experience as a psychoanalyst, teacher, and consultant. Filled with clinical vignettes that bring her writings to life, the book cogently addresses such disparate topics as diagnosis, the superego, and silence, as well as the importance 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 results of the case. In this and all of her work, Coltart displays an astounding ability to grasp and convey important facets of every analyst's work: the complexity and paradox of analysis, the importance of intuition and not-knowing along with theoretical clarity, the necessity for flexibility and patience, and the essential capacity to allow one's self to be used by the patient. As such, Slouching Towards Bethlehem is inspiring reading for student and veteran analysts alike.

Joan Slouching Towards Bethlehem

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Live and Learn

This comprehensive edition brings together for the first time three seminal collections by legendary essayist and journalist Joan Didion: Slouching toward Bethlehem, White Album and Sentimental Journeys.

Author: Joan Didion

Publisher: HarperPerennial

ISBN: 9780007204380

Category: American fiction

Page: 575

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Live and Learn comprises three of the personal essay collections that established Joan Didion as a major figure in the modern canon ? arranged in chronological order so that readers can appreciate not only the qualities of the essays per se, but also their evolution over time. It also includes a new introduction by Joan Didion herself. modern classic, capturing the mood of 1960s America and especially the center of its counterculture, California. The cornerstone essay, an extraordinary report on San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, sets the agenda for the rest of this book ? depicting and America where, in some way or another, things are falling apart and ?the center cannot hold?. The White Album (1979) is a syncopated, swirling mosaic of the 60s and 70s, covering people and artifacts from the Black Panthers and the Manson family to John Paul Getty's museum. Sentimental Journeys (1992) shifts its perspective slightly to take in Vietnamese refugee camps in Hong Kong, the Reagan campaign trail, and the inequities of Los Angeles real estate. Joan Didion, and an essential reference for readers old and new. It confirms the power of this uniquely unbiased, moving writer, and showcases her artful yet simple prose.

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Electric Sheep Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Speculative Fiction in a Post Modern World Harry Eiss. Electric Sheep Slouching
Towards Bethlehem: Speculative Fiction in a Post Modern World Edited by Harry
Edwin Eiss Electric Sheep Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Speculative Fiction ...

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.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Author: Justin Lane Ware

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem

The universal, existential, ode to death, from the cyclical relationship between life and death, produces Chekhov, Proust, Yeats, the unification of physics, psychology, philosophy, the metaphor, literature, and, the conservation of a ...

Author: Ilexa Yardley

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781505454000

Category:

Page: 68

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The universal, existential, ode to death, from the cyclical relationship between life and death, produces Chekhov, Proust, Yeats, the unification of physics, psychology, philosophy, the metaphor, literature, and, the conservation of a circle.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

These essays, keynoted by an extraordinary report on San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, all reflect that, in one way or another, things are falling apart, the center cannot hold.

Author: Joan Didion

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ISBN: 9781417622399

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Universally acclaimed when it was first published in 1968, "Slouching Towards Bethlehem has become a modern classic. More than any other book of its time, this collection captures the mood of 1960s America, especially the center of its counterculture, California. These essays, keynoted by an extraordinary report on San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, all reflect that, in one way or another, things are falling apart, "the center cannot hold." An incisive look at contemporary American life, "Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been admired for several decades as a stylistic masterpiece. Contents: I. LIFE STYLES IN THE GOLDEN LAND "Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream "John Wayne: A Love Song "Where the Kissing Never Stops "Comrade Laski, C.P.U.S.A. (M.-L.) "7000 Romaine, Los Angeles 38 "California Dreaming "Marrying Absurd "Slouching Towards Bethlehem II. PERSONALS "On Keeping a Notebook "On Self-Respect "I Can't Get That Monster out of My Mind "On Morality "On Going Home III. SEVEN PLACES OF THE MIND "Notes from a Native Daughter "Letter from Paradise, 21 19' N., 157 52' W "Rock of Ages "The Seacoast of Despair "Guaymas, Sonora "Los Angeles Notebook "Goodbye to All That

100 Statements about Slouching Towards Bethlehem That Almost Killed My Hamster

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Slouching Towards Bethlehem.

Author: Jake Dilling

Publisher: Lennex

ISBN: 9785458873581

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Page: 44

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In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Slouching Towards Bethlehem." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

A shape shifter walks the shadows of a ruined town picking off stragglers who wander alone. Sinister toymakers create toys long after the work shop has gone quiet and every one a monkey's paw.

Author: William Tooker

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ISBN: 9781622084241

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All the gods died, their wonders abandoned, covered by time and turmoil all but lost to memory. After eons of time the earth shifted and a hand full of greedy men stumbled upon these infernal machines. Now a madman is in the control room of our dreams making terrifying films in our minds as we sleep. A rich narcissist has managed a grotesque immortality and has run his town from a haunted ballroom for the last century. A shape shifter walks the shadows of a ruined town picking off stragglers who wander alone. Sinister toymakers create toys long after the work shop has gone quiet and every one a monkey's paw. It was only a matter of time before the wielding of the old powers echoed to their creators.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Author: Geoff Lowe

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Category: Artists, Australian

Page: 4

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Filled with clinical vignettes that bring Nina Coltart's writings to life, the book cogently addresses such disparate topics as diagnosis, the superego, and silence, as well as the importance of spirituality.

Author: Nina Coltart

Publisher: Other PressLlc

ISBN: 9781892746078

Category: Psychology

Page: 200

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Filled with clinical vignettes that bring Nina Coltart's writings to life, the book cogently addresses such disparate topics as diagnosis, the superego, and silence, as well as the importance 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 results of the case. In this and all of her work, Coltart displays an astounding ability to grasp and convey important facets of every analyst's work: the complexity and paradox of analysis; the importance of intuition and not knowing along with theoretical clarity; the necessity for flexibility and patience; and the essential capacity to allow one's self to be used by the patient.

Where I Was From

Whether she is writing about her pioneer ancestors or privileged sexual predators, robber barons or writers (not excluding herself), Didion is an unparalleled observer, and this book is at once intellectually provocative and deeply personal ...

Author: Joan Didion

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307763293

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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In this moving and insightful book, Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history, and ours. A native Californian, Didion applies her scalpel-like intelligence to the state’s ethic of ruthless self-sufficiency in order to examine that ethic’s often tenuous relationship to reality. Combining history and reportage, memoir and literary criticism, Where I Was From explores California’s romances with land and water; its unacknowledged debts to railroads, aerospace, and big government; the disjunction between its code of individualism and its fetish for prisons. Whether she is writing about her pioneer ancestors or privileged sexual predators, robber barons or writers (not excluding herself), Didion is an unparalleled observer, and this book is at once intellectually provocative and deeply personal.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Slouching Towards Bethlehem unlocks Revelation chapter 13 and the last 2000 years of the Christian era, with startling results.

Author: Graeme Carlé

Publisher:

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.

Joan Didion the 1980s And 90s LOA 341

"This second volume in Library of America's definitive Didion edition includes two novels and three remarkable essay collections with which she extended the compass of the extraordinary journalistic eye first developed in the celebrated ...

Author: Joan Didion

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781598536836

Category: Fiction

Page: 838

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Library of America continues its definitive edition of one of the most electric writers of our time with a volume gathering her iconic reporting and novels from mid-career This second volume in Library of America's definitive Didion edition includes two novels and three remarkable essay collections with which she extended the compass of the extraordinary journalistic eye first developed in the celebrated books Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album. Gather here are Salvador, a searing look at terror and Cold War politics in the Central American civil war of the early 1980s; Miami, a portrait not just of a city but of immigration, exile, the cocaine trade, and political violence; and After Henry, in which she reports on Patty Hearst, Nancy Reagan, the case of the Central Park Five, and the Los Angeles she once called home. The novels Democracy and The Last Thing He Wanted, the latter recently adapted for film by Netflix, are fast-paced, deftly observed narratives of power, conspiracy, and corruption in American political life. Taken together, these five books mark the remarkable mid-career evolution of one of the most dynamic writers of our time.

The Critical Response to Joan Didion

This volume collects an extensive range of critical commentary, both reviews and scholarly examinations, on the entire Didion canon: four works of fiction and five of nonfiction published between 1963 through 1992.

Author: Sharon Felton

Publisher: Greenwood

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

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This volume collects an extensive range of critical commentary, both reviews and scholarly examinations, on the entire Didion canon: four works of fiction and five of nonfiction published between 1963 through 1992.