“America can't be the only nation that tells lies about itself <i>to itself</i>, can it? We tell the one about the East Coast, metropolitan and homogenous, all the time. Maybe if we only drive I-95, we fall for it.
But today I've seen farm villages, forests, Revolutionary-era churches with graveyards attached, summer towns, and beach resorts aging gracefully like frivolous maiden aunties. America is a giant buffet of Everything, and it's all-you-can-eat.
Now, if only the weather will stop trying to drown me.”