Slouching towards Bethlehem

(A Touchstone book)

238 pages

English language

Published July 10, 1979 by Simon and Schuster.

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3 stars

This is not really a review of the book but a comment I mad in response to a New Yorker article by Morris called The Radicalization of Joan Didion which explains why I will probably never finish reading this book.

Interesting read. I never finished "Slouching" and was never sure why--I figured it was because it was dated. What was shocking back then is now ordinary, and that was part of it. But more important was that her thesis--the point she accused others of missing--was that the hippies were a symptom of a breakdown of the society that produced them. The Yeats poem about the breakdown (auguring the second coming, but ignore that part) that gave it its title was supposed to underline this, but her readers mainly wanted to gawk at the weirdos. But she was as yet unbroken-down. And she was writing for the unbroken-down.
Her "radicalization" was …


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