Blues City: A Walk in Oakland

Published ten years ago and bemoaning the destruction that Mayor Jerry Brown is wreaking on the town, it’s both current and yet a time capsule to simpler days where the invaders were the ’99ers from the dot com bust. The overflow from SF grips Oakland even tighter today, as the ex Mayor watches from his perch as governor of California. Reed goes on walking tours around the city, getting to know history and neighborhoods he was unaware of in his bubble of land near Emeryville. A lot of the content is quoting these volunteer guides and museum docents. Great beginning chapter where his first attempt to land in San Francisco fails, so he heads back to New York and becomes famous. Too famous, too easily, so he decamps to California, settles eventually in the East Bay.