August 18, 2011

MICHAEL WALSH: California Dreamin’. “As usual, I was struck by the miracle of it all — but the miracle is visibly fading. . . . I can’t shake the feeling that this is all some dreadful family-tragedy novel — not by Steinbeck, who, for all his social consciousness, understood what had gone into creating California out of a Spanish mission trail, a gold rush, and a great natural port — but by Faulkner: The story of a state who wanted sons, and her sons destroyed her.”

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