Sunday, June 17, 2007

In Defense of America

Everybody likes to dump on this country: that we are dumb, that we are arrogant, that we are bullies, etc. I just like to be reminded that there is also a fantastic strain of artistic expression and innovation in this country that everybody either loves, follows, wishes to imitate or is jealous of.
I think of Louis Armstrong, of Duke Ellington, of Elvis of Dylan of Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock and Phillip Roth and Martin Scorsese, and Mark Twain and so many writers and poets and artists and I remember we are not so dumb.

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