Blue Nights by Joan Didion

By Joan Didion

From one among our strongest writers, a piece of attractive frankness approximately wasting a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her personal adolescence and married existence together with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and daughter, Quintana Roo, this new publication via Joan Didion examines her recommendations, fears, and doubts relating to having young children, ailment, and starting to be old.

Blue Nights opens on July 26, 2010, as Didion thinks again to Quintana’s marriage ceremony in big apple seven years ahead of. this present day will be her marriage ceremony anniversary. This truth triggers bright snapshots of Quintana’s childhood—in Malibu, in Brentwood, in school in Holmby Hills. Reflecting on her daughter but in addition on her function as a mum or dad, Didion asks the candid questions any dad or mum may approximately how she feels she failed both simply because cues weren't taken or even displaced. “How may perhaps i've got neglected what was once in actual fact there to be seen?” ultimately, maybe all of us stay unknown to one another. Seamlessly woven in are incidents Didion sees as underscoring her personal age, whatever she reveals not easy to recognize, less accept.

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After about an hour, Bernie said, ‘Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to take a break now. ’ What? It turned out that the regulars were in the habit of buying drinks for the band and leaving them on the piano top – so within sixty minutes I had four pints to get through. By the time I drank them, they’d been replaced by three more and a couple of Scotches. I started drinking the spirits after that, because the sheer volume of the beer was killing me. At the end of the night I got on my bicycle to ride home.

It was proper money, £3 a night – bear in mind that when you are at school and the average pocket money is half a crown, £3 is serious dosh. And this outfit worked three nights a week, mainly over the weekend. It was an unusual line-up – guitar, drums, piano and clarinet – but people didn’t mind in those days. This latest band was called the Concorde Quartet and the first problem was that, until I joined, it was a trio. It was run by a guy called Bernie Vick, a drummer in his early twenties who lived with his mum and dad in South Harrow.

Mervyn Conn. I never got paid. I took a view on it: I was young, inexperienced and here was a chance to play sessions for the BBC with some of the world’s top players. The £12 would have been wonderful but I still thought I was doing well. Years later, I bumped into James and we were laughing about Mervyn and the non-needle-time days. These revered veterans had a genuine affection for those days and felt privileged to have learned so much from them. ’ ‘You know what, Rick? ’ How did a sixteen-year-old come to be playing in a pub with some of the country’s best musicians, you ask?

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