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Telling California, the new issue of The Passenger

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Tommaso Berra
The Passenger | Collater.al

What is broken in the American dream? This is one of the many questions we try to answer in the new issue of The Passenger, a magazine “for world explorers” published by Iperborea. In bookshops from 16 February, the new issue of The Passenger is a monographic account of California, a state capable of magnifying the distortions of the American economic and environmental model. The stories contained within highlight the paradoxes of Silicon Valley and the reasons why it is still legitimate to think that California is a preview of what will come our way in a few years’ time.
It is not just gentrification and unaffordable living costs. California is going through a period of great change, driven by technology and minorities who are reclaiming their social role, from the African-American community to the Asian community, represented by a new generation of writers and their literary works.

The paradox of this state can be seen in the students of large universities, who are forced to live in tents or communal houses in order to pay their tuition fees, as well as in the millionaire start-ups that convince the same students to leave the universities before finishing their studies, anticipating the competition from the big companies in the valley. Apple and Google managers live in camper vans, while the natives are reclaiming territories from which they were driven out decades ago.
Telling the story of California also means telling the story of the state that is home to the six most polluted cities in the United States, but also of Yosemite National Park, the symbol par excellence of the American natural landscape and its relationship with man. The bay and the fires, such as the one in Paradise that devoured the area’s forests in 2018 and caused once again by man’s negligence, all told by great signatures such as Francesco Costa, Michele Masneri, Anna Wiener and Francisco Cantù.

The new issue of The Passenger will be presented on 24 February at the Franco Parenti Theatre in Milan.

The Passenger | Collater.al
The Passenger | Collater.al
The Passenger | Collater.al
The Passenger | Collater.al

PH: Josh Edelson

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Written by Tommaso Berra
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