By Chuck Klosterman

ISBN-10: 1416544216

ISBN-13: 9781416544210

Q: what's this ebook approximately?

A: good, that’s tricky to assert. I haven’t learn it yet—I’ve simply picked it up and casually glanced on the again disguise. There basically isn’t a plot. I’ve heard there’s loads of stuff approximately time trip during this ebook, and quite a lot approximately violence and Garth Brooks and why Germans don’t chuckle whilst they’re within grocery shops. Ralph Nader and Ralph Sampson play major roles. i believe there are a number of pages approximately Rear Window and collage soccer and Mad males and why Rivers Cuomo prefers having intercourse with Asian girls. Supposedly there’s a bankruptcy outlining the whole lot the Unabomber used to be correct approximately, yet probably I’m misinformed.

Q: Is there a bigger topic?

A: Oh, whatever approximately truth. "What is reality," possibly? No, that’s now not it. no longer precisely. i am getting the feel that almost all of the center questions live at the approach media belief constructs a faux truth that finally ends up changing into extra significant than no matter what really occurred. additionally, girl Gaga.

Q: may still I learn this booklet?

A: most likely. Do you notice a transparent dating among the department Davidian catastrophe and the recording of Nirvana’s In Utero? Does Barack Obama make you need to drink Pepsi? Does ABBA remind you of AC/DC? if that is so, you possibly don’t have to learn this booklet. you possibly wrote this ebook. yet i think everyone else will absolutely like it, aside from those who absolutely hate it.


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L’antica battuta secondo la quale chi sta un mese in America scrive un libro, chi ci sta un anno scrive un articolo e chi ci sta dieci anni non scrive niente perché ha finalmente capito di non aver capito non è più vera, e infatti io sono ancora qui a scriverne, dopo trentacinque anni. Ma almeno ho capito che l’America di domani sarà diversa da quella di oggi e per essa vale la legge del tempo a Londra. Se non vi piace, aspettate cinque minuti e cambierà. La Fata Morgana di Internet crea in tutti l’illusione del viaggio e della conoscenza istantanea e trasforma anche chi non si muove mai da uno sgabuzzino a Gorgonzola in un esploratore del mondo.

Peccato che il gossip, il passaparola del XVI secolo e i pettegolezzi di frati e cartografi, avvertissero anche allora, così come farà la storiografia moderna, che quei quattro racconti erano apocrifi, opera di falsari decisi a sfruttare la popolarità internazionale di quei navigatori e delle loro sensazionali imprese, specialmente quelle di Vespucci, che stava vendendo molte più copie del suo Mundus Novus rispetto al suo amico e rivale Colombo. Soltanto due lettere a Piero de’ Medici sono oggi riconosciute come autentiche, ma il dubbio di avere avuto troppa fretta nel voler essere il primo a fare lo scoop del battesimo di un continente nuovo e di avere preso un granchio epocale attribuendolo al toscano dovette raggiungere anche i Vosgi e la chiesa di San Deodato.

E io non dovrei amare un Paese dove l’alfiere ufficiale di un partito dà velatamente del cretino e dell’impostore al capo ancora formalmente in carica del suo stesso partito? Questa è l’America dove ho trapiantato la pianticella della mia famiglia e dove spero continui a fiorire. Anche se il pollo fritto mi fa schifo. Terra! Terra! Amerigo e l’Ameriga America. Il nome scivola sulla lingua come lo scafo di una caravella sulle acque del Caribe, canta con una gentilezza musicale che soltanto l’italiano sa generare.

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