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South and west, from a notebook, Joan Didion ; foreword by Nathaniel Rich

South and west, from a notebook, Joan Didion ; foreword by Nathaniel Rich
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Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
South and west
Responsibility statement
Joan Didion ; foreword by Nathaniel Rich
Sub title
from a notebook
Two excerpts from never-before-seen notebooks offer insights into the author's literary mind and process and includes notes on her Sacramento upbringing, her life in the Gulf states, her views on prominent locals and her experiences during a formative Rolling Stone assignment. Joan Didion has always kept notebooks of overheard dialogue, observations, interviews, drafts of essays, and copies of articles. Notes on the South traces a road trip she took with her husband John Gregory Dunne, in June 1970, through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Her acute observations about the small towns they pass through, her interviews with prominent local figures, and their preoccupation with race, class, and heritage seem to suggest a South largely unchanged today. California notes began as an assignment from Rolling Stone on the Patty Hearst trial of 1976. Though Didion never wrote the piece, watching the trial and being in San Francisco triggered thoughts about the West, the Hearsts, and her own upbringing in Sacramento
Table Of Contents
Notes on the South -- California notes