Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Opening Sentence of the Day: Play it as it Lays
"What makes Iago evil? some people ask."
-- Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
Heroine Maria (pronounced Ma-eye-ah) follows this opener with the soul-deadened, "I never ask."
This short, bleak novel about Hollywood shows up on several "must read" lists, including the All-TIME Top 100 and Erica Jong's Top 100 books by women. I'm tearing through it because it is mesmerizing. But what a train wreck!
Posted by Gilion at Rose City Reader at 6:00 AM 2 comments
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We reading Slouching Towards Bethlehem my freshman year of college and I read Play It shortly thereafter.ReplyDelete
I still love it to pieces.
I'd love to reread Play It As It Lays.ReplyDelete