Joan Didion’s 1979 essay is still the best writing on water in California that I’ve ever read.


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2 responses to “Respect.

  1. Dan

    Thanks for a great link! As an easterner I’ve always liked reading what westerners (especially Californians) have to say about water; it’s a connection to the planet that seems exotic when the act of shoveling snow is never more than four months away.

  2. onthepublicrecord

    It is a great essay, isn’t it? I thought about it a little more; her view is pretty much the best possible outlook on the technocratic approach. Obviously a bureaucrat is going to respond well to that. But it is definitely a bias. I read Chris Clarke to return to a reverence for natural systems.