Schemers and Dreamers

Schemes of My Father: Men’s Lives: GQ.

Eric Puchner offers a moving essay wherein he explains the initially hopeful – and later tragic – circumstances of his family’s move to southern California.

We all knew one or more of these families, drawn to the state by a promise that was never quite articulated but that was always understood. Some of these folks did alright, but others were soon gone. I remember them in the names of my friends in my LAUSD elementary school who would come for a year or two, and then disappear.

I finished this and wished there was some way I could tell Eric that he’s not alone, he is not the only child of our generation to end up as collateral damage in a parental spasm of re-invention, Golden State style. But somehow I think he knows.


Author: David Wolf

An adviser to corporations and organizations on strategy, communications, and public affairs, David Wolf has been working and living in Beijing since 1995, and now divides his time between China and California. He also serves as a policy and industry analyst focused on innovative and creative industries, a futurist, and an amateur historian.

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