Ask Anne Carson
JOAN DIDION: ONLY DISCONNECT:From Off Center: Essays by Barbara Grizzutti Harrison (1980).
Would you like to be /fucking bamboozled/ by weird opinions about Didion? Don’t worry man I got you.
“Didion’s “style” is a bag of tricks. Some of the effects she produces are quite pretty, even momentarily beautiful. But make no mistake: these are tricks — techniques — that can be learned (I don’t know why they have evoked so much wonder).” oh my god
what do you think
“Many of Didion’s observations about the self-serving “children” of the 1960s are dead accurate; but that doesn’t give her the right to fiddle while Watts burns. In “Los Angeles Notebook” Didion writes, “At the time of the 1965 Watts riots, what struck the imagination most indelibly were the fires…. The wind [that damned Santa Ana that blows through her novels and her essays] shows us how close to the edge we are.” To the edge of what? What is the apocalypse? And who, or what, has brought us to this place? Do not look to Didion for answers.”–um
you are the only person ever
to want things SAID MORE BLATANTLY even than me
like, how is that not immediately fucking apparent
and what are you doing shaking this creative nonfic and going WHY ARE YOU NOT A POLI-SCI THESIS ON THE WATTS RIOTS WHY WHYYYY
anyway, this commentary is simultaneously erudite and also–
like, what is it like to be wrong about everything but still capable of coherent sentences?
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