Modern Living: CALIFORNIA: A State of Excitement

IF an earthquake were somehow to tear California off the continent and set it afloat in the sea, the island state might survive. But could the rest of the U.S.? California is virtually a nation unto itself, but it holds a strange hope, a sense of excitement—and some terror—for Americans. As most of them see it, the good, godless, gregarious pursuit of pleasure is what California is all about. The citizens of lotusland seem forever to be lolling around swimming pools, sautéing in the sun, packing across the Sierra, frolicking nude on the beaches,...

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