The Freeway Fix: Infrastructure, Affect, and the Politics and Aesthetics of Distance in Joan Didion's Play It as It Lays

Maxime D. McKenna
This essay reconsiders the many scenes of freeway driving in Joan Didion's Play It as It Lays (1970) through the critical lens of infrastructure to argue that the novel finds in the built environment a model for its own distanced narrative style. The novel's engagements with everyday infrastructure like the freeway encourage us to imagine a personal "affective fix" operating alongside David Harvey's theory of the "spatial fix," which describes how large-scale midcentury infrastructure projects...
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