I'm interested in what it was, exactly, about California that made it such a hotbed of the so-called '60s counterculture, and particularly, why that countercultural stew was so flavored with attitudes and inclinations that came to be called New Age. I hope (and suspect) that my questions may be answered by books such as Fool's Paradise: A Carey McWilliams Reader and California: The Great Exception by Carey McWilliams, and perhaps especially Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin.
In reviewing that last, Publishers Weekly mentions en passant that "...press lord William Randolph Hearst converted a mining fortune into a media conglomerate preaching the superiority of 'the American race'..." Oh yeah.
And maybe I'll even glean something from this -- though it looks more like an example of the problem than a path to greater um enlightenment...
In searching around, I also came across an amazing series of books -- "Americans and the California Dream" -- by Kevin Starr, the State Librarian of California. I'm not sure if these books will address my specific concerns, but I sure like the cover art, presented here for your viewing pleasure...
the unlikely story of how America slipped the surly bonds of earth & came to
believe in signs & portents that would make the middle ages blush
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New Age "Asiatic" thought ... is establishing itself as the
hegemonic ideology of global capitalism. (Zizek)
Tuesday, December 27