Remembering Joan Didion and The Golden Age of New Journalism


“It had rained in Los Angeles until the cliff was tumbling into the surf.” This is but one small world of the 1960s that Joan Didion saw in a grain of sand. In this class we will discover or rediscover more of Joan Didion’s take on the 1960s including descriptions of Haight-Ashbury, Joan Baez, John Wayne, and a life on the Sacramento River, as well as her reflections on her own thinking and writing. We will explore two books Didion wrote in the 1960s, the novel Run River and the collection of essays Slouching Towards Bethlehem.

Suggested Reading: Run River, Joan Didion, Vintage Books and Slouching Towards Bethlehem, multiple publishers

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Online class

Section Notes

The Zoom link to participate in this course is provided with the Enrollment Confirmation.

A repeat Zoom link will be emailed to all registered students the day before the first session of class.

Students receive an Enrollment Confirmation by email after enrolling in this course online or by phone with our Student Services team. 530-757-8777.

Enrollment Policies

There will be no service charge for withdrawal requests prior to July 5, 2022. After July 5, all withdrawal requests are subject to a $20 processing fee, OR the member may request a credit to their student account (processing fee waived) to be used by September 1, 2022. All unspent fees being held in student account by June 30, 2023 will be forfeited to OLLI.