This article considers California as an island, as a place apart. In five fragments, it looks at the state as a place where ideas are exchanged, imported and exported; as a place whose economy, geography and politics keep it apart from the rest of the country; as islands within islands; as a place that early cartographers and explorers believed to literally be an island; and as a place of ecological richness rivaling mythical islands.
Notes on California as an Island: There’s truth in old maps
Rebecca Solnit is a San Francisco based writer and author of fifteen books including Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas and The Faraway Nearby. As a journalist and activist, she has worked on climate change, Native American land rights, antinuclear, human rights, and antiwar efforts.
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Rebecca Solnit; Notes on California as an Island: There’s truth in old maps. Boom 1 March 2014; 4 (1): 36–45. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2014.4.1.36
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