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Slouching towards Bethlehem: Essays


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jamesdow777, December 30, 2009 (view all comments by jamesdow777)
I knew Lucille Miller; she was a neighbor of mine. I lived at 1205 Monte Verde Avenue, Upland, California from September 1957 until June 1959. The Millers lived just a few houses north of me.

I remember the Millers. They were the typical Leave it to Beaver, Donna Read, Ozzie and Harritt folks. Very nice.

When the fire happened, I was working at Taka Taco on Foothill Boulevard, a couple of blocks south of where we were neighbors. One of my co workers was a fireman from Alta Loma. Right after the fire, he informed me that the fire was definitely intentional, no ifs, ands or buts.

This is heresay, and no scientific evidence was presented. But why do you suppose a disinterested third party would accuse the wife? He had a wife of his own etc., and a daughter too.
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traybabineaux, September 3, 2007 (view all comments by traybabineaux)
My parents and I lived right the other side of our backyard fence from the Millers for several years, when they lived in Ontario, CA. I remember playing with their daughter Debra and the two little boys. Dr. Miller was always nice and hospitable to me, but his wife always chased me out of their yard. If I had done anything to offend her, I really can't recall what it was. Shortly after they moved up and away, the murder occurred. I think I was a year or two older than Debra.
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Joan Didion's lucid, canny prose style is painstakingly situated around the art of the sentence. Slouching towards Bethlehem, her first collection of nonfiction, serves as a prime example of exactly how well she can wield one. Each of these essays, including one titled "On Self-Respect" (which, years later, I continually refer back to as a philosophical dare to regard the self no matter what incarnation), conveys Didion's remarkable perspective and her ability to detail, without sentimentality, a full sense of whatever she trains her shrewd gaze on.

"Review" by , "A slant vision that is arresting and unique...Didion might be an observer from another planet — one so edgy and alert that she ends up knowing more about our own world than we know ourselves."
"Review" by , "The story between the lines of Slouching towards Bethlehem is surely not so much 'California' as it is [Didion's] ability to make us share her passionate sense of it."
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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.



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