Cultural Wasteland? I’ve heard people use that phrase to describe the valley.
Many of my friends have traveled to big cities and green meadows in search of museums and high-end entertainment. But when I ask them if they attend events, I hear that there are deterrents like traffic, costs, crowds, and fighting parking. Culture is there, but where are they?
At the library, I came across a book called “Valley Light: Writers of the San Joaquin.” Written in 1978. I recognized many of the featured authors. CG Hanzlicek was my poetry teacher at Fresno State University. Wilma Elizabeth Macdonald welcomed me to her house to see “Shakespeare in Love.” She’s heard of Gary Soto, who wrote “The Elements of the San Joaquin.” And the poet Philip Levine is very famous.