It has often been my fateperhaps the expatriate's fate in general, perhaps merely the self-hater'sto be against things. As an American, I have frequently seemed anti-American; as an educated person, I'm often anti-intellectual. When I taught at Harvard, I was anti-Harvard. All of which makes me, I suppose, a rather good European, since
Europeans are, at heart, suspicious of every form of belonging, and great believers in la vie non-conformiste et individuelle.
These days more than ever, Europeans seem to harbor immense suspicion, if not disdain, toward the U.S. As former Russian President Mikhail...
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