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Paradise Lost

California was once a paradise. We who were born and reared here never considered the possibility that we would lose our paradise or that whites would become a minority—just like those living in other states never thought the illegal-immigrant...

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  • VITAL SIGNS

    The West’s Guilty Feelings

    The decline of the West may sound like a well-worn cliché, but this shouldn’t blind us to the fact that there might be some truth to it. The modern West has emerged from a rebellion against the old one, which was at least in part a parricide.

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  • The Hundredth Meridian

    The Hobbyist

    The joyous return to Rancho Juárez was dampened, but in no way spoiled, by a certified letter awaiting Mr. and Mrs. Héctor Villa on their arrival. Mailed from the Belen Municipal Court, it threatened their daughter with juvenile detention if she...

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