Reading “Slouching Towards Bethlehem”

March 3, 2011

Another book in my library of divorcée lit. This one I am enjoying for Joan Didion’s style of writing, and for the flashbacks to my childhood. But the essay that puts the book in divorcée lit for me is On Self-Respect.

Didion writes:

To live without self-respect is to lie awake some night, beyond the reach of warm milk, phenobarbital, and the sleeping hand on the coverlet, counting up the sins of commission and omission, the trusts betrayed, the promises subtly broken, the gifts irrevocably wasted through sloth or cowardice or carelessness. However long we postpone it, we eventually lie down alone in that notoriously uncomfortable bed, the one we make ourselves. Whether or not we sleep in it depends, of course, on whether or not we respect ourselves.

You can read the entire essay by following the link below and signing in to your Amazon account. Then click See Inside, search for “self respect”, and read pages 142 onward. Of course you can just purchase the book, and consume the entire content!

This is a sweet collection of essays, and also would be a perfect get-well gift–a worthwhile read, but quite easy to consume.

Leave a Comment