Thursday, April 27, 2017

the last book I ever read (South and West: From A Notebook by Joan Didion, excerpt six)

from South and West: From A Notebook by Joan Didion:

It is said that the dead center of Birmingham society is the southeast corner of the locker room at the Mountain Brook country club. At Mountain Brook everyone goes to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church or Briarwood Presbyterian, and it is hard to make the connection between this Birmingham and that of Bull Connor, and Birmingham Sunday.

Lunch with Hugh Bailey at the club, up high enough to see the smoke haze. “We got a pollution count in Birmingham now, which I guess you could say is a sign of progress.” On that day the Birmingham Post-Herald (June 18) reported the downtown pollution count at 205, or over the U.S. Public Health Service’s critical level, and the number of respiratory deaths in Jefferson County that week at six. There did not seem to be much pollution in Mountain Brook.

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