Let Me Tell You What I Mean (Paperback)
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Let Me Tell You What I Mean (Paperback)

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Bringing together twelve prescient pieces from the earlier part of the iconic writer’s career, Let Me Tell You What I Mean invites the reader on a journey across America's cultural and political landscape through Didion’s visionary gaze.

Twelve early pieces never before collected that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of Joan Didion.

Mostly drawn from the earliest part of her astonishing five-decade career, the wide-ranging pieces in this collection include Didion writing about a Gamblers Anonymous meeting, a visit to San Simeon, and a reunion of WWII veterans in Las Vegas, and about topics ranging from Nancy Reagan to Robert Mapplethorpe to Martha Stewart.

Here are subjects Didion has long written about - the press, politics, California robber baronsac, women, the act of writing, and her own self-doubt. Each piece is classic Didion: incisive and, in new light, stunningly prescient.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008451783
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm


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'The peripheral, the specific, the tangible - or, as the writer Hilton Als notes in his foreword, "the Didion gaze", the penetrating prose of a reporter who writes with a scalpel - is by far the most compelling theme in Didion's latest collection of essays' - Vogue

'The clarity of Didion's vision and the precision with which she sets it down do indeed feel uncanny... Reading her now, she does seem prophetic, as manifested, for instance, in her concerns in 1968 about the weaknesses of the "traditional press", whose unspoken attitudes and "quite factitious 'objectivity'" come "between the page and the reader like so much marsh gas". Perhaps those iconic sunglasses were really X-ray specs' - Independent

'Didion's dogged pursuit of the truth in her writing is more vital than ever in our era of fake news, echo chambers and political turmoil. This is an essential read that reminds us of her magic' - i Paper

'The slighter these pieces are, the more remarkable they seem: they're so deft and enigmatic... A sentence by Didion, whether it sticks to 39 characters or articulates possibilities in multiple dependent clauses, is always a marvel of magical thinking' - Observer

'One of the most celebrated, influential and pioneering writers of the past 60 years. As the great chronicler of US cultural, societal and political movements, Didion's prose illuminates understanding of what connects and divides a nation... It's a treat for Didion fans but also serves as an introduction to the writing that would become legendary' - Irish Times

'A valuable addition to the literature of self-doubt and self-awareness, an elegant untangling of what and why we remember and forget' - Francesca Wade, Guardian

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“One of the most prolific essayist’s of our time”

Joan writes with such intelligence and insight of current affairs whilst putting herself forward as the narrator rather than shying away from her opinions. She writes with I’s rather than writing her articles from a... More

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