Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Joan Didion’s collection of essays, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, takes readers on an adventure through some of the most volatile years in American’s social climate – the sixties.
I’m not going to attempt to thoroughly evaluate or deconstruct Didion’s work, but what I will say is that her approach to writing, which is characterized by elongated sentences and run-on paragraphs, is delectable. It opens up doorways and allows readers to look at history in a fresh light.
The writer truly delves into her characters, her subjects – whether they are humans or places or times or experiences. The way she illuminates their subtleties is nothing short of beautiful. She possesses the ability to delve deep while writing the seemingly obvious, and, in a way, the way she makes readers feel is life-changing.
This journalist has most certainly impacted my writing and the way I approach constructing my work, allowing me to understand that I can just let things flow without having to pre-emptively evaluate the necessity of a run-on sentence – if I feel it needs to be done, it shall be done.
This book is definitely worth a read… or even two.