Roman Polanski, Charles Manson & Joan Didion​ unmask the matrix of American civilization​



“That’s all there is, man… If you don’t have someone to love you, you don’t have anything.”
Reference material: Eileen Daspin | LIFE Magazine: Manson | 2019 | p.13

“…in Manson, society appears to have found a mirror.”
Reference material: Richard Jerome | LIFE Magazine: Manson | 2019 | p.92

Jim Morrison visit to Spahn Ranch – Reference Material: 
A&E Biography documentary film: The Manson Women
Additional reference:

The Beach Boys’ Never Learn Not to Love

Reference to Neil Young and Charles Manson
LIFE Magazine: Manson | 2019 | p.94

“We’ll kill whatever pigs are in that house. Go in there and get them..”
Reference material: quote from Steve Dougherty article | LIFE Magazine: Manson | 2019 | p.28

Manson: “The only thing my mother taught me was that everything she said was a lie.”
Charles Manson 1995 A&E Biography “Journey into Evil Documentary”

Patricia Krenwinkel:  “He was a man who I think felt that society had totally dumped him. I think he felt a rage and a hatred for society.”
Diane Sawyer meets Manson, Krenwinkel and Van Houten – Part 2

Reference to: Revelation 9 of the New Testament 
Diane Sawyer meets Manson, Krenwinkel and Van Houten – Part 2

References to Manson and The Beatles’ White Album tracks “Helter Skelter”, “Piggies” & “Revolution #9”
1993 ABC News Turning Point: The Manson Women

Revelation 9: the ninth chapter of the Book of Revelation or the Apocalypse of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible

References to Manson’s early life:
The Disturbing Origins of Charles Manson: True Crime Documentary

Reference to Roman Polanski spilling wine on Didiion’s dress:
LIFE Magazine: Manson | 2019 | P.76

Didion chronicles reaction to Cielo Drive murders: “no one was surprised”
The White Album (1979) | Joan Didion
LIFE Magazine: Manson | 2019 | P.74

Sentimental Journeys (1991) | Joan Didion | article on Central Park Jogger | The New York Review 
Full article:

Out of Bethlehem: The radicalization of Joan Didion | by Louis Menand | August 17, 2015

Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1967) | Joan Didion | essay on Summer of Love in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood
Reference: p.80 of Manson LIFE article

Where I Was From (2003) | Joan Didion | collection of essays on the history and culture of California, including her own experiences; a composition of historical, journalistic and autobiographical material

Reference to Didion’s psychiatric diagnosis

Excerpts from Joan Didion’s 1968 hospital records:
Joan Didion on psychiatric trends and diagnoses | by Maud Newton | July 13, 2011

Reference to Didion’s diagnosis of multiple sclerosis:

“Diagnosis never seems to lead to a cure… only an enforced debility…”
Joan Didion on psychiatric trends and diagnoses | Maud Newton | July 13, 2011

Multiple sclerosis (MS): Reference material:

Reference to Play It As It Lays:
Olivia Mason’s examination of Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays: The Dark Heart of the American Dream

Didion’s character and its appearance in her work Play It As It Lays
Joan Didion: Staking Out California by Michiko Kakutani
The New York Times | June 10, 1979

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (2017)
Netflix Documentary

Classical Ballet for military academy students in Imperial Russia
Classical Ballet in Russia

Jean-Baptiste Landé: ballet master at the Russian Military Academy, Russian Ballet School and dance instructor of Catherine the Great

Military academy references to ballet:
History of Dance by Gayle Kassing

Ballet education at Orphanage in Moscow, Russia under Catherine the Great and her advisor, educator Ivan Betskoy

“As above, so below”: The Principle of Correspondence,_so_below


Roman Polanski circa 1970’s
from the Facebook album “Filming Chinatown”

Charles Manson circa 1982
Manson presumably in prison facility at Vacaville, California
photo from the estate of Manson’s biographer Nuel Melton Emmons (“Manson in His Own Words”), who connected with Manson during his stint in jail

Joan Didion in Hollywood, 1968
photo by Julian Wasser from Danziger Gallery