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.
After 2016, all the jokes about kooky liberals left a bitter taste. The truth is: Berkeley is Finland with sunshine, unrelenting in its commitment to justice, community and thrift.
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.