Monday, January 4, 2010

One Englishman's View of Americans

     Ever wonder what folks "across the pond" think of their cousins in the colonies? A humorous and insightful commentary by Geoff Dyer appeared recently in the New York Times:

     The first thing I ever heard about Americans was that they all carried guns. Then, when I came across people who’d had direct contact with this ferocious-sounding tribe, I learned that they were actually rather friendly. At university, friends who had traveled in the United States came back with more detailed stories, not just of the friendliness of Americans but also of their hospitality (which, in our quaint English way, was translated into something close to gullibility)...
     Enjoy the entire article here: "My American Friends" by Geoff Dyer.


  1. Enjoyed reading it. Love to traveling to the UK.

  2. Years ago, as a student, I did a three week course in Stratford upon Avon at the Shakespeare studies institute. There were a lot of American students and they were charming and they loved Stratford, they were amazed that the police didn't carry guns though.


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