Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Alphabetical America

When he got sick of the South, Mr. Huang said, he decided to go to Buffalo for a Ph.D. in English literature. He felt, he writes in “Charlie Chan,” “like a bottom-feeding fish, one that cannot see the light of day in the muddy pond of America.”

But why Buffalo? “Buffalo begins with B,” he said, grinning. He worked as a delivery boy there, but happily gave up the restaurant business. “Graduate school is really easy compared to restaurant work,” he pointed out. —Charles McGrath, "Charlie Chan: A Stereotype and a Hero," NYT

Postscript: Nabokov: "I am as American as April in Arizona."

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Blogger Jenny Davidson said...

It was a delightful piece! I must get the book...

(Wait, the word verification is "dizze"! Just one letter off...)

10:08 PM  

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