This week, I have written a “California Journal” — but I have found myself quoting German poetry. Yesterday, it was a bit of Stefan George. Today, it’s a bit of Goethe: “Kennst du das Land, wo die Zitronen blühn?” Yes, I do know a land where lemon trees bloom: Bel Air.

I discuss this in my fourth and final part today. And conservative kids on the Fullerton campus. And a disinvitation (of me!). And a little Bill Buckley. And more.

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