Tuesday, August 24, 2010
California State Librarian Emeritus Authors Book on Golden Gate Bridge
Link to August 24 New York Times book review, "The Building of a Symbol: How It Got There, and Why It’s Orange".
Excerpt: Despite the many existing odes to the Golden Gate Bridge, Kevin Starr seems particularly well equipped to write a biography of that famous orange bridge. The author of more than half a dozen histories of California, Mr. Starr — a professor of history at the University of Southern California and state librarian of California emeritus — has written frequently about the myths and metaphors that festoon the Golden State, and he seems to instinctively understand the place that the Golden Gate Bridge has come to occupy in the national imagination as a symbol of American enterprise and the gateway to the Pacific.
Excerpt from chapter 1.
Kevin Starr's USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences webpage.