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California is the Northern Light of Modern Culture

, 2008/04/24

I was born in Baltimore. At the time my mother was 20 yeas old and a certified Woodstock hippy. We went to California when I was three and eventually moved to the west coast, home to the Beatniks, Hippies and Surfers.
 
Much of modern culture, wether it be music, literature, food, art or even sports, has been greatly influenced by the Beats, Hippies and Surfers. And what all of these movements share are their deeply imbedded roots in the cities of Northern California. In order to give you a picture of how the Beatniks, Hippies and Surfers have influenced us so much and continue to influence our culture PAPERSKY took a peak at the many Northern California places where these movements were founded and continue to exist and inspire.
 
The trip begins with breakfast in San Francisco at Greens. Safe to say this place is the originator of the modern day organic food movement. Then take a stroll over to the Beatnik mecca called City Lights Books. After a short subway ride we arrive in Berkley and at Moe’s books, the legendary bookshop featured in Dustin Hoffman’s movie the Graduate. From there we wander down to Santa Cruz, originally an incubating cell and now a mecca for both the surfing and skating movements and home to one of the most intellectually forward-thinking universities in America – the University of California, Santa Cruz (or as Californians refer to it, UCSC).

Just a bit below Santa Cruz is a place called Big Sur and this is where the Beats, Hippies and Surfers all came together to get a breath of air and some of the best nature in the world. The area is home to Esalen, a mecca for spiritual and alternative lifestyles. It was also home to writer Henry Miller, one of the Beats’ major influences. Surfers travel from the corners of the world to nearby Half Moon bay, to surf the Big Wave called Mavericks and speak to Jeff Clark, the legend who fist surfed it. In closing, a travel story on the modern day alternative movement would not be complete without a visit to Rubicon Estate in Napa, home to Francis Ford Coppala’s amazingly delicious wine Rubicon.
 
OK, enough already. In short, read this issue, learn all about Beatniks, hippies, surfers and then travel to California!
 
PAPERSKY #25: CALIFORNIA | Morning

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