If you live in New York or Boston and to some extent DC, whatever you do of importance will become known and put into an historic context. The New York nexus never really noticed the Beat generation and was openly hostile to the massive hippie movement that drastically shaped our society involving 25 million people directly. It also missed the Tea Party.
Virtually nothing that happens on the West Coast is of any significance in the New York nexus. If it is noticed in New York, the New Yorkers take credit for it.
I pointed this out before when the entire world of mixed cocktails was created in San Francisco in the 1990’s because of a California legal anomaly concerning shochu. The New York nexus claimed to have discovered the mixed cocktail phenomenon happening in New York and DC years later.
The standard explanation is that the media are centered in New York. I have never accepted this explanation because the media is also located in Los Angeles, part of the wasteland.
In the 1970's the abbot of San Francisco Zen Center, Dick Baker, was a man of extraordinary talent and gregariousness. Dick created a vast network of friends and important people around him. This network was able to visit with him and have regular social events based on the background financial support of the Zen Center.
This network was extensive and global. It included people, leaders, from every part of our planet. When anyone of importance visited or passed through San Francisco they stopped in to see Dick Baker and meet relevant members of the network.
It is my opinion that the New York nexus began in the 19th century with some very powerful social networks and a little bit of wealth that provided the same function as Dick Baker. Over time there were more and more Dick Bakers in New York. They created the powerful multi-level social networks that span the globe and bring trusted people together.
I think that such networks were fostered by many different kinds of people, often women, and were joined with the publishing world in New York.
I also think they existed independent of the hereditary elite. They were social networks built on competence and trust.
The New York nexus remains. And I remain in the wasteland as long as I am outside of New York, Boston or DC.