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Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 141

"Slouching Towards Bethlehem" can refer to an essay Joan Didion wrote delving into the counter-culture scene of Haight Ashbury, San Francisco. However, it can also refer to a collection of essays by the same name published by Didion in 1968. Typically the people included in a journalistic essay are not referred to as "characters," but that said, Joan Didion could be considered a character in her own work. She is associated with a new style of journalism that emerged out of the 1960s and 70s in which the writer breaks the typical objective rules of journalism to become a physical presence in her story. In her case, she remains mainly an outsider and an observer of the events she describes. However, the reader gets a strong sense of her thoughts, feelings, and distinct point of view in relation to her subject matter.