Re: Related: what's everyone been reading lately?
At least from the essays I've read (half of this one and her earlier Slouching Towards Bethlehem), it's hard to pin down her politics exactly - or maybe it's a reminder that the culture war lines we're used to today weren't always in the same place or as precise. There are certainly aspects of her work that come off as conservative, e.g. she seems to miss the times when everybody knew their neighbors and had a strong sense of local community. But she is also unfriendly toward the way corporate America co-opted the hippie movement, for example, and seems to think that '70s feminists weren't radical enough. And she's pretty scathing in her criticism of the governor's mansion that Ronald Reagan built that never ended up being occupied. Overall, she comes across as being opposed to hypocrisy and cant, regardless of the source, and particularly the various flavors of aspirationialism that are associated with California.