“The past could be jettisoned . . . but seeds got carried.” ~ Book Pick: ‘Where I Was From’ by Joan Didion

“One difference between the West and the South, I came to realize in 1970, was this: in the South they remained convinced that they had bloodied their land with history. In California we did not believe that history could bloody the land, or even touch it.”
“Not much about California, on its own preferred terms, has encouraged its children to see themselves as connected to one another.”
“New people could be seen, by people like my grandfather, as indifferent to everything that had made California work, but the ambiguity was this: new people were also who were making California rich.”
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