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First published in 1979, The White Album records indelibly the upheavals and aftermaths of the 1960s. Examining key events, figures, and trends of the era—including Charles Manson, the Black Panthers, and the shopping mall—through the lens of her own spiritual confusion, Joan Didion helped to define mass culture as we now understand it. Written with a commanding sureness of tone and linguistic precision, The White Album is a central text of American reportage and a classic of American autobiography.

Joan Didion is the author of several novels and works of nonfiction, among them Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The White Album, Miami, Salvador, After Henry, and Political Fictions. She lives in New York City.

First published in 1979, The White Album is a journalistic mosaic of American life in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. It includes, among other bizarre artifacts and personalities, reportage on the dark journeys and impulses of the Manson family, a visit to a Black Panther Party press conference, the story of John Paul Getty's museum, a meditation on the romance of water in an arid landscape, and reflections on the swirl and confusion that marked this era. With commanding sureness of mood and language, Didion exposes the realities and dreams of an age of self-discovery whose spiritual center was California.
"All of the essays manifest not only [Didion's] intelligence but an instinct for details that continue to emit pulsations in the reader's memory and a style that is spare, subtly musical in its phrasing and exact. Add to these her highly vulnerable sense of herself, and the result is a voice like no other in contemporary journalism."—Robert Towers, The New York Times Book Review

"Didion manages to make the sorry stuff of troubled times (bike movies, for instance, and Bishop James Pike) as interesting and suggestive as the monuments that win her dazzled admiration (Georgia O'Keeffe, the Hoover Dam, the mountains around Bogotá) . . . A timely and elegant collection."—The New Yorker

"Didion is an original journalistic talent who can strike at the heart, or the absurdity, of a matter in our contemporary wasteland with quick, graceful strokes."—The San Francisco Chronicle

 
 
Table of Contents

I. THE WHITE ALBUM

The White Album

II. CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC

James Pike, American

Holy Water

Many Mansions

The Getty

Bureaucrats

Good Citizens

Notes Toward a Dreampolitik

III. WOMEN

The Women's Movement

Doris Lessing

Georgia O'Keeffe

IV. SOJOURNS

In the Islands

In Hollywood

In Bed

On the Road

On the Mall

In Bogota

At the Dam

V. ON THE MORNING AFTER THE SIXTIES

On the Morning After the Sixties

Quiet Days in Malibu

Synopsis:

First published in 1979, The White Album is a mosaic of the late sixties and seventies. It includes, among other bizarre artifacts and personalities, the dark journeys and impulses of the Manson family, a Balck Panther Party press conference, the story of John Paul Getty's museum, the romance of water in an arid landscape, and the swirl and confusion of the sixties. With commanding sureness of mood and language, Joan Didion exposes the realities and dreams of that age of self-discovery whose spiritual center was California.

Synopsis:

First published in 1979, The White Album records indelibly the upheavals and aftermaths of the 1960s. Examining key events, figures, and trends of the eraincluding Charles Manson, the Black Panthers, and the shopping mallthrough the lens of her own spiritual confusion, Joan Didion helped to define mass culture as we now understand it. Written with a commanding sureness of tone and linguistic precision, The White Album is a central text of American reportage and a classic of American autobiography.

About the Author

Joan Didion is highly regarded as a writer of both nonfiction and fiction and received the National Book Foundations Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2007. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Contents

I. THE WHITE ALBUM

The White Album

II. CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC

James Pike, American

Holy Water

Many Mansions

The Getty

Bureaucrats

Good Citizens

Notes Toward a Dreampolitik

III. WOMEN

The Women's Movement

Doris Lessing

Georgia O'Keeffe

IV. SOJOURNS

In the Islands

In Hollywood

In Bed

On the Road

On the Mall

In Bogota

At the Dam

V. ON THE MORNING AFTER THE SIXTIES

On the Morning After the Sixties

Quiet Days in Malibu

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374532079
Author:
Didion, Joan
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
FSG Classics
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.24 x 5.51 x 0.615 in

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First published in 1979, The White Album is a mosaic of the late sixties and seventies. It includes, among other bizarre artifacts and personalities, the dark journeys and impulses of the Manson family, a Balck Panther Party press conference, the story of John Paul Getty's museum, the romance of water in an arid landscape, and the swirl and confusion of the sixties. With commanding sureness of mood and language, Joan Didion exposes the realities and dreams of that age of self-discovery whose spiritual center was California.

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First published in 1979, The White Album records indelibly the upheavals and aftermaths of the 1960s. Examining key events, figures, and trends of the eraincluding Charles Manson, the Black Panthers, and the shopping mallthrough the lens of her own spiritual confusion, Joan Didion helped to define mass culture as we now understand it. Written with a commanding sureness of tone and linguistic precision, The White Album is a central text of American reportage and a classic of American autobiography.

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