Europe's Macadam, America's Tar: How America Really Compares to "old Europe"

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American editions, Jan 1, 2004 - Social Science - 225 pages
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Cultural Writing. In this meticulous "expose" which manages to be humorous while yet compelling, the highly-priased novelist Alan Goldfein tackles The European Reality and The American Delusion - about itself and Europe. He lives there half the year, and focuses his clear writer's eye on bringing to light the ways in which America does suffer in a face-off with the "old world." The author has deftly taken the unique approach of exploring Europe in order to better understand America. By aiming at the problems we face from the vantage point of some of our cultural brethren across the Atlantic, Goldfein is able to cast a broader light on what must be done to fire up our own national renewal.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
You Dont Hear the Trams
6
You Can Get There From Here But It Wont Be Any Picnic
29
A Wonderful Drive
35
The Giggle of the Myth
53
America Loves Evolution America Hates Evolution
96
The Other Unfortunates
114
Be Fair
170
Street Walking
183
Appendices
201
Bibliography
207
Index
212
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Alan Goldfein's stories and essays have appeared in Commentary, Playboy, Oui, Satire, Beyond Baroque,Cimarron Review, Colorado Quarterly, Forum, Florida Quarterly, The San Francisco Chronicle Examiner, and in a Random House collection, On the Job: Fiction About Work. He is the author of Heads, JEWS AND GERMANS/GERMANS AND JEWS, EUROPE'S MACADAM AMERICA'S TAR and of numerous episodes for television series, such as Knots Landing, Perfect Couples, Bodies of Evidence, and Paradise. He and his wife, the semiologist Ute Werner, live in Berkeley and Bad Herrenalb, Germany.

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