America's Best

Not just good. Not just very good. Who is A-No. 1, top of the heap in entertainment and the arts? We say these are. And here are the reasons

World's fairs, those jamborees of national output--what ever happened to them? The Belgian waffles, the Futurama architecture, it all used to seem so important. Yet the U.S. didn't even bother to erect a pavilion for the one last year in Hanover, Germany. And, really, why should it have? Who needs to stand in line outside a geodesic dome to find out what America produces? Who needs a product-display center to discover Lucinda Williams? Or a monorail to take you to Philip Roth or Tom Ford? Anywhere in the world you find a movie screen or a museum, a bookstore or a...

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