It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theatres, etc., that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness and jazz bands.
Football combines the two worst things about America: it is violence punctuated by committee meetings.
The trouble with us in America isn’t that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.
Patriotism is easy to understand in America – it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.