Goodbye to All That

This is my favorite essay of all time; perhaps my favorite piece of prose of all time. Anyway, having just returned home from my own summer in the city, I’ve been revisiting this one. GOODBYE TO ALL THAT by Joan Didion How many miles to Babylon?Three score miles and and ten—Can I get there by candlelight?Yes, and back again—If your feet are nimble and lightYou can get there by candlelight. It is easy to see the beginnings of things, and harder to see the ends. I can remember now, with a clarity that makes the nerves in the back of…

vocab (thanks to Joan Didion)

koan, noun In Zen Buddhism, a paradox put to a student to stimulate his mind. aphasia, nounLoss of speech, partial or total, or loss of power to understand written or spoken language, as a result of disorder of the cerebral speech centres. ag·it·prop noun1. political propaganda, especially pro-Communist, and especially when disseminated through literature, drama, music, or art2. artistic work or works serving as a vehicle for political propagandatabula rasa, noun(Latin: blank slate) refers to the epistemological thesis that individuals are born without built-in mental content and that their knowledge comes from experience and perception. epistemology, nounThe theory or science…