My fervent passion for writing is rooted in my enduring love affair with reading.
I am currently reading Joan Didion's book Slouching towards Bethlehem, taken out from the library on recommendation from British Vogue editor, Alexandra Shulman when she recently appeared on BBC's My Life in Books.
Joan Didion is an American writer who worked at American Vogue as well as having pieces appear in Life magazine, Esquire & The New York Times among others.
I find her writing really inspiring as her style fits under the category of 'new journalism'. New journalism is a way of telling facts through a more narrative storytelling angle, as I too enjoy writing creatively as well as my enjoyment for all things Sixties/Seventies I was eager to approach Didion's work and give it some of my time. This book, much like her others, are filled with essays and her articles collated from different periods. Slouching towards Bethlehem focuses on California and San Francisco in particular, during the Sixties. From where I have read to currently, the book has covered a picket fence family murder, John Wayne, Joan Baez to name a few. It is a very personal insight in to stories Joan chose to cover and explores the cultural chaos of Sixties, golden state California. You can really feel when reading how much Ernest Hemingway has inspired Joan's writing and with a penchant for all things Hemingway myself it is such delightful easy reading with a terrific insight to a bygone era.
Are any of you reading any great books right now or have any suggestions?