Transition: Founder Rob Hopkins visits San Francisco and Hopland…

City Lights bookstore

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Letter from America #4: Five extraordinary days in California…

California is vast, a nation in itself.  As a state, it actually is home to the ninth largest economy in the world.  It is home to one in eight Americans, and produces at least half of the nation’s fruit, and a sizeable proportion of its vegetables.  Its climate runs from tropical in the south, to subarctic in the mountains.  It’s a fascinating place.  When I first got to San Francisco, I had, unusually for my madly packed schedule, the rare joy of a couple of hours to myself.  I headed to City Lights bookstore.  I have to say it was one of the best bookshops I have ever been in, specialising in poetry, literature, arts, political books, alternative and counterculture publications.  It describes itself thus:

Founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin, City Lights is one of the few truly great independent bookstores in the United States, a place where booklovers from across the country and around the world come to browse, read, and just soak in the ambiance of alternative culture’s only “Literary Landmark.”…

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Ha! A case of the forest and the trees? I wonder how Rob did his traveling. California is certainly a vast wonderland and contains multitudes, probably an almost overwhelming experience to a visitor. But just yesterday I went down to Santa Rosa, motoring past the Real Goods compound with its clever rusting car hulks as tree planters, surveying the endless streams of automobiles further south carrying all sorts of folks everywhere, and realizing, here in the epicenter of the car culture, this is a way of life with no future.