Friday, January 23, 2009

We've Been Here Before

I have an essay in this Sunday's Los Angeles Times books section that re-reads classic journalism of California (Hinton Helper's "Land of Gold," Lincoln Steffens' autobiography, and especially Carey McWilliams' "California: The Great Exception") in the context of the state's budget deficit and cash crisis. The conclusion: California is always on the edge of fiscal cliff. In fact, our perilous finances are part of what define us as a state.


Blogger Peter Richardson said...

Funny, I mention McWilliams in a different piece in the same section of today's Times. (It's a review of a new Mary Austin bio.) I'm glad you're pointing readers to his work, since most will probably assume that anything written in 1949 will have no bearing on what's going on in California today.

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