posted by hysterical blackness @ 1:54 PM
Actually, no, you're not. I read the NYT excerpt and felt it was very sad, but it was really her own private drama. A harrowing drama that, no doubt, required considerable courage to record, and that I hope I never experience. That said, although Didion wrote what is, to my thinking, one of the best pieces of new journalism ever published (the opening essay of "The White Album"), I can appreciate her craft and honor her journey, but I could not get into this particular work. It was almost as difficult as reading John Updike is for me.Appreciated your thoughts on "Crash" by the way.
Hi Professor Kim. Thanks for posting. It's actually the first Didion book for me. After reading the piece in the NYT I went out and bought the book. I felt reading it much like I felt reading Andrew Solomon's "The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression." The writing is fine (as in well-crafted) but there is a coldness and a privilegedness that I couldn't get past.
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