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Golden Lie

Golden Lie
Golden Lie
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In the popular culture my generation grew up on, San Francisco possibly has a stronger presence than any other American city. The city’s sights and Spanish architecture are as much characters in Hitchcock’s Vertigo as James Stewart and Kim Novak. Steve McQueen’s Ford Mustang careened up and down its sine-wave streets in the most famous car chase ever filmed, in Bullitt. The Haight-Ashbury area was the nucleus of the hippie movement, where Allen Ginsberg and Timothy Leary and the Grateful Dead hung out and offered visions of psychedelic nirvana. In The Golden Gate, Alistair Maclean’s supercriminal Branson held the US President and two Arab leaders hostage on the country’s most celebrated bridge. Trouble is: I don’t remember Maclean (or anyone else I read) mentioning that the Golden Gate Bridge is not golden. It is, in fact, brick red, or as the official term goes, "international orange". The "golden" refers to the Golden Gate Strait, the entrance to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean, which the bridge overlooks. But then, this minor...
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