Friday, July 28, 2006

Joan Didion: The White Album

Here are a few things I learned from Joan Didion's collection of essays, The White Album:

1. The Sixties were cah-razy!

2. The Sixties were especially nuts in California.

3. Joan Didion gets migraines. Poor Joan Didion.

4. It sucks to go ALL THE WAY to a recording studio to watch The Doors record an album only to find out Jim Morrison is too stoned to sing. Man, doesn't that suck? I mean, HOW DISAPPOINTING!

5. I must not "get" Joan Didion. I don't find what's so appealing about a rich Californian drop names ("I was invited to a civil rights meeting over at Sammy Davis, Jr.'s house and I hear William Styron and Ossie Davis arguing..."), write boring essays about water-treatment plants, and discuss movies that no one remembers. Maybe I'm jaded and maybe I expected something as brilliant as The Year of Magical Thinking, but it didn't deliver, and I was really disappointed.



Blogger Sara said...

Water-treatment plants? Seriously?

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

seriously. she wrote an entire chapter about water- how its transported, who uses it, who it affects, how much is used, where it comes from...etc..BORING. i must've missed her point.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous jane said...

If you're from California, water is everything.

4:59 PM  

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