Thursday, July 05, 2018

Hmm …

… Anne Tyler: the human face of America. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Right-minded Americans everywhere will probably be finding it difficult to celebrate the Fourth of July …
Guess I'm not a right-minded American, because I had no difficulty celebrating yesterday. Debbie and I went out to dinner, and came home and watched Yankee Doodle Dandy, as proudly patriotic a movie as you're likely ever to see.. Of course, I remember watching the troop trains rolling by across from where we lived when I was very small. And I remember the men who came home from the war. I turned 4 the year WWII ended, but my fourth birthday was when I was taught how to tell time. Amazing how vivid that memory is. And that is the sensibility I bring to the Fourth of July.

I suppose Tyler's novel is quite good, but it's hard to tell from this review, which really doesn't tell us all that much about it.

1 comment:

  1. I'm not even sure what it means to be right-minded, and I'm much more likely to be wrong-minded, but I don't care to celebrate bullying, lying, greed, or sheer offensiveness (for example, mocking others), but I still hope that this Ugly American is not the only sort of American we have left.