Slouching Towards Bethlehem (MP3 CD)
Joan Didion should hardly require a sales pitch, but in case you're not already familiar with her impeccable prose and pitch-perfect storytelling, Slouching Towards Bethlehem is a great place to start, and should be required reading for anyone thinking or thoughtful about California. From her cool and poetic detailing of murder in the high desert to ruminations on the Haight in the 60s and the winds of Los Angeles, these essays were the first that made me truly feel that this big, weird land had a soul. Recommended for anyone of any age interested in what it is to be a person here and now, then or anywhere.— Molly
2013 Audie Award Nominee, Short Stories/Collections
Universally acclaimed from the time it was first published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been admired for decades as a stylistic masterpiece. Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton (Annie Hall, The Family Stone) performs these classic essays, including the title piece, which will transport the listener back to a unique time and place: the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the neighborhood's heyday as a countercultural center.
This is Joan Didion's first work of nonfiction, offering an incisive look at the mood of 1960s America and providing an essential portrait of the Californian counterculture. She explores the influences of John Wayne and Howard Hughes, and offers ruminations on the nature of good and evil in a Death Valley motel room. Taking its title from W. B. Yeats poem "The Second Coming," the essays in Slouching Towards Bethlehem all reflect, in one way or another, that "the center cannot hold."
Slouching Towards Bethlehem is part of Audible's A-List Collection, featuring the world's most celebrated actors narrating distinguished works of literature that each star had a hand in selecting.