“The White Album”, by Joan Didion

Non-fiction, 1979

Essays on a wide range of subjects, using the 1960s almost as a ‘jumping off’ point and usually instilling then with domestic and personal investment. There’s no particular world view or attitude advanced in these pieces otherwise, but the collection feels like a series of snapshots, recording the time, but now standing as a different thing entirely; a document of where power, politics, geography and consumerism were towards the end of the last century. Most essays here have a good deal to commend them; the book as a whole is well worth dipping into.

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