Nation: But Where Is What I Started For?

I think the place has gone crazy " said Assemblyman Willie Brown, coming out of the city hall, where Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk had just been murdered. Slipping from the City Lights bookstore, Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti lamented the "pathogenic industrial civilization" and then wrote a poem: "A hush upon the landscape/ of the still wild West/ where two sweet dudes are dead/ and no more need be said." Cyra McFadden, whose book The Serial lampoons the insecure laid-back life in rich Marin County north of San Francisco, observed: "I had...

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