The traditional task of the writer in California has been to write about what it means to be human in a place advertised as paradise. Not the Buckeye or the Empire, not the Can-do or the Show-me, California is the Postlapsarian State. Disappointment has always been the theme of California.
I don't quite understand what the "Buckeye" referring to. I mean, it is connected with California, but what exactly does it imply? I found that the Buckeye might refer to a native or resident of Ohio or a tree/seed. Maybe this word has another meaning.