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Robin Sloan: Berkeley and its casual geniuses

Most places in the world have a genius or two. Berkeley is thick with them, and people who live here get to witness all the ways genius can play out, and be recognized — or not.

Michael Lewis: Why I live in Berkeley

In 1998, Michael Lewis wondered where in the world he and his wife could live where he would find things in driving distance worth writing books about. They landed in Berkeley.