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Posted May 19, 2004
Still at the top of her form
Joan Didion once again proves that she is one of the most skillful and intelligent essayists writing today. Even as a young writer she seemed to be at the top of her form: elegant, insightful, and most of all, absolutely crystal clear. Her prose is an editor's dream: rich and detailed but never wasteful or wordy -- spare somehow without being annoyingly minimalist. And always unblinkingly honest. In this book, she builds a compelling case for her latest view of California as a place quite different from the myths it has built and sustained about itself. At the same time, it's a story of what has gone wrong in this country as a whole -- and should be required reading for every American.
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