In this edition of the Bedrosian Book Club Podcast, we discuss Joan Didon’s book of essays about history and politics, The White Album. Published in 1979, these essays reflect a time of change here in California and America as a whole. If as she writes in the opening line, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Do we still live by these stories she told? Or is the world a different place now?
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Next month . . .
We’re going local, with a look at Benjamin Barber’s treatise on how cities are best suited to the new global economy in the book If Mayors Ruled the World.
Links to some of the things we discussed and some additional things related to our conversation:
Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Martin Amis’ review of The White Album, “Joan Didion’s Style” in the London Review of Books
Stephanie Frank, Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dissertation: The film industry and urban development in metropolitan Los Angeles, 1920–1975
Doyle McManus’ piece in the LA Times: “‘Selma’ and why, half a century later, we’re still struggling with the 1960s”
Martin’s images of industrial LA – more of Martin’s photography projects here
Erhard Seminars Training (EST)
All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Frontier Thesis or Turner Thesis
The Folklore of the Freeway by Eric Avila
The Legacy of Conquest by Patricia Nelson Limerick
This podcast was produced by Jonathan Schwartz and Aubrey Hicks.