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I began writing a book on love because I felt that the United States is moving away from love.

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I wanted to be president of the United States. I really did. The older I get, the less preposterous the idea seems.
Did
Get
Idea
Less
Older
President
Really
Seems
States
United
United States
Wanted
The historical problem of the United States is to admit that it is a multiracial and multi-ethnic nation.
Admit
Historical
Nation
Problem
States
United
United States
You probably don't need more weapons than what's required to destroy every city on earth. There's only 2,300 cities. So, the United States, by that criteria, only needs 2,300 nuclear weapons - well, we've got more than 25,000!
Cities
City
Criteria
Destroy
Earth
Every
Got
More
Need
Needs
Nuclear
Nuclear Weapons
Only
Required
The United States is very good at understanding itself, and very bad at understanding others.
Bad
Good
Itself
Others
States
Understanding
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United States
Very
What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others.
Best
Does
Itself
Others
States
Understand
United
United States
Worst
The United States condoned dictatorships in Latin America for much of the 20th century.
America
Century
Dictatorships
Latin
Latin America
Much
States
United
United States
The United States has written the white history of the United States. It now needs to write the black, Latino, Indian, Asian and Caribbean history of the United States.
Asian
Black
Caribbean
History
Indian
Latino
Needs
Now
States
United
United States
White
Write
Written
I think my exact comment was that if Bush won it would be a good time to leave the United States. I'm not necessarily going to leave the United States.
Bush
Comment
Exact
Going
Good
Good Time
I Think
Leave
Necessarily
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Think
Time
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United States
Everything that has to do with food is sensuous. In the United States, however, we are eating all the time. We have a problem with obesity. And yet, we don't enjoy food that much.
Eating
Enjoy
Everything
Food
However
Much
Obesity
Problem
States
Time
United
United States
Whenever the government of the United States shall break up, it will probably be in consequence of a false direction having been given to public opinion.
Been
Break
Consequence
Direction
False
Given
Government
Having
Opinion
Public
Public Opinion
Shall
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United
I'm very optimistic because I think that the real strength of a nation like the United States comes from blending cultures. There's no way that you can close the frontiers anywhere. The borders are there to be violated permanently.
Anywhere
Because
Blending
Borders
Close
Cultures
Frontiers
I Think
Like
Nation
Optimistic
Permanently
Real
Real Strength
I never thought that I would come to live in the United States. I was not pursuing the American dream.
American
American Dream
Come
Dream
Live
Never
Pursuing
States
Thought
United
United States
Would
In the United States, the fact that you can start again gives a lot of energy and strength and youth to this country. That is why it's so powerful in many ways, and so creative.
Again
Country
Creative
Energy
Fact
Gives
Lot
Many
Powerful
Start
States
Strength
United
United States
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.
Always
Been
Constant
Cult
Cultural
Democracy
False
Good
Has-Been
Ignorance
Just
Knowledge
Life
Means
On a Tuesday, September 11th, 1973, we had the military coup in Chile that forced me to leave my country eventually. And then, on a Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, we had the terrorist attack in the United States.
Attack
Chile
Country
Coup
Eventually
Forced
Had
Leave
Me
Military
September
States
Terrorist
Terrorist Attack
The United States is not a nation of black and white people. Any fool can see that white people are not really white, and that black people are not black.
Any
Black
Black and white
Fool
Nation
People
Really
See
States
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United states
White
I did not intend to stay; I had no experience in the United States - I may have been here less than 24 hours - but I knew I would never get inside there. And 'there' not being America necessarily, but that harmonious mode of living that some people are lucky enough to have in this country.
America
Been
Being
Country
Did
Enough
Experience
Get
Had
Harmonious
Here
Hours
Inside
Intend
We're in an emergency situation. The United States has become an absolutely terrifying country, and I would hope that I could participate in some way in stopping the horror and the brutality.
Absolutely
Become
Brutality
Could
Country
Emergency
Hope
Horror
Participate
Situation
Some
States
Stopping
Terrifying
I grew up. I began to think the United States had some problems that really required the help of artistic people to solve. And I gave myself permission to be a writer instead of a civil servant.
Artistic
Began
Civil
Civil servant
Gave
Grew
Had
Help
Instead
Myself
People
Permission
Problems
Really
The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people.
Always
Ambassador
Authors
Best
Churches
Colleges
Common
Common people
Even
Executives
Genius
Inventors
Most
Newspapers
The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.
Essentially
Greatest
Poem
States
Themselves
United
United states
I was distressed that after 9/11, when the United States was attacked by terrorists, the United States' response was to attack Afghanistan, where some of the terrorists had been.
Afghanistan
After
Attack
Attacked
Been
Distressed
Had
Response
Some
States
Terrorists
United
United states
Where
How long will it take the citizens of the United States, one wonders, to recognize that the house their country bombed in Iraq is the same one they were living in until it was foreclosed?
Bombed
Citizens
Country
House
How
Iraq
Living
Long
Recognize
Same
States
Take
United
United states
I live on the West Coast of the United States, and yet the air that I breathe is sometimes the same air that was being breathed in China the day before.
Air
Before
Being
Breathe
Breathed
China
Coast
Day
Live
Same
Sometimes
States
United
United states
I think I shall return to America even a better patriot than when I left it. A citizen of the United States, travelling on the continent of Europe, finds the contrast between a government of power and a government of opinion forced upon him at every step.
America
Better
Between
Citizen
Continent
Contrast
Europe
Even
Every
Every step
Finds
Forced
Government
Him
I had just been in some repressive situations - the black middle-class college scene and the crazy United States Air Force - and so I just felt like getting out of that. I thought, now, that I wanted to be a writer. I had something that I wanted to do, that I was interested in doing, so I wanted to pursue that.
Air
Air force
Been
Black
College
Crazy
Doing
Felt
Force
Getting
Had
Interested
Just
Like
My own thinking has evolved. You find Africanisms in American speech. You find an African influence on United States culture. There are all kinds of Africanisms in America, as you would expect, if you really thought about it... That whole thing is much broader; the influence is much broader than I first understood.
About
African
America
American
Broader
Culture
Evolved
Expect
Find
First
Influence
Kinds
Much
My own
Beyond the borders of wealthy countries like the United States, in developing countries where most people in the world live, the impacts of climate change are much more deadly, from the growing desertification of Africa to the threats of rising sea levels and the submersion of small island nations.
Africa
Beyond
Borders
Change
Climate
Climate change
Countries
Deadly
Developing
Developing countries
Growing
Impacts
Island
Levels
The Nation of Islam provides an antidote in the United States to fundamentalist Islam - which is why individuals from America have to go abroad to find radical teachings.
Abroad
America
Antidote
Find
Fundamentalist
Go
Individuals
Islam
Nation
Provides
Radical
States
Teachings
United
I feel most at home in the United States, not because it is intrinsically a more interesting country, but because no one really belongs there any more than I do. We are all there together in its wholly excellent vacuum.
Any
Because
Belongs
Country
Excellent
Feel
Home
I feel
Interesting
More
Most
No-one
Really
States
Hollywood... was the place where the United States perpetrated itself as a universal dream and put the dream into mass production.
Dream
Hollywood
Itself
Mass
Mass production
Place
Production
Put
States
United
United states
Universal
Where
A certain number of Americans are already in Peking and most of us here feel that it would be very useful for the United States and especially for the Left-wing progressive movement in the United States if groups of students such as you mention could make a tour of China.
American
Certain
China
Could
Feel
Groups
Here
Left-wing
Make
Mention
Most
Movement
Number
Progressive
Having no diplomatic representation in Washington, China has no sources which allow her to check the character of applicants and therefore makes the practice of refusing everybody from the United States.
Allow
Character
Check
China
Diplomatic
Everybody
Having
Her
Makes
Practice
Refusing
Representation
Sources
States
I would even go to Washington, which is saying something for me, just to glimpse Jane Q. Public, being sworn in as the first female president of the United States, while her husband holds the Bible and wears a silly pill box hat and matching coat.
Being
Bible
Box
Coat
Even
Female
First
Glimpse
Go
Hat
Her
Holds
Husband
Jane
Someone wrote a piece about Henry Green in The Partisan Review that was so intriguing that I got one of his novels, Loving, I believe, which was the first that came to attention in the United States.
About
Attention
Believe
Came
First
Got
Green
Henry
His
I believe
Intriguing
Loving
Novels
Partisan
My memoirs were written, and a portion of them already in the hands of the publishers, when the startling news came which has thrilled all Europe and filled her inhabitants with horror - the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.
Abraham
Abraham lincoln
Assassination
Came
Europe
Filled
Hands
Her
Horror
Inhabitants
Lincoln
Memoirs
News
Portion
The United States exists as a sovereign nation. 'America,' in contrast, exists as a myth of democracy and equal opportunity to live by, or as an ideal goal to reach.
America
Contrast
Democracy
Equal
Equal opportunity
Exists
Goal
Ideal
Live
Myth
Nation
Opportunity
Reach
Sovereign
In the rich world, the environmental situation has improved dramatically. In the United States, the most important environmental indicator, particulate air pollution, has been cut by more than half since 1955, rivers and coastal waters have dramatically improved, and forests are increasing.
Air
Air pollution
Been
Coastal
Cut
Dramatically
Environmental
Forests
Half
Has-been
Important
Improved
Increasing
Indicator
I'm no friend of Tony Blair's and I consider the Middle East policies of the United States and the UK fatal.
Blair
Consider
East
Fatal
Friend
Middle
Middle east
Policies
States
Tony
Uk
United
United states
If there were Israeli attacks on Iranian nuclear facilities, it makes it certain there would be a reprisal attack against the United States at some point.
Against
Attack
Attacks
Certain
Facilities
Iranian
Israeli
Makes
Nuclear
Point
Some
States
United
United states
There was a series called 'Game of Thrones' which was very popular here in the United States, a post-Tolkien kind of thing. It was garbage, yet very addictive garbage - because there's lots of violence, all the women take their clothes off all the time, and it's kind of fun.
Addictive
Because
Clothes
Fun
Game
Game of thrones
Garbage
Here
Kind
Lots
Off
Popular
Series
States
But even the President of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked.
Even
Must
Naked
President
Sometimes
Stand
States
United
United states
In the United States, in poetry workshops, it's now quite a thing to make graduate students learn poems by heart.
Graduate
Graduate students
Heart
Learn
Make
Now
Poems
Poetry
Quite
States
Students
Thing
United
United states
I think of New York as a puree and the rest of the United States as vegetable soup.
I think
New
New york
Rest
Soup
States
Think
United
United states
Vegetable
York
I realized that I was African when I came to the United States. Whenever Africa came up in my college classes, everyone turned to me. It didn't matter whether the subject was Namibia or Egypt; I was expected to know, to explain.
Africa
African
Came
Classes
College
Egypt
Everyone
Expected
Explain
I came
Know
Matter
Me
Realized
The fact is: It's true what they say about the United States. It is a land of opportunity. It is too various to get bored with it.
About
Bored
Fact
Get
Land
Opportunity
Say
States
They say
Too
True
United
United states
Various
The great thing about the United States and the historically magnetic effect it has had on a lot of people like me is its generosity, to put it simply.
About
Effect
Generosity
Great
Great thing
Had
Historically
Like
Lot
Magnetic
Me
People
Put
Simply
Say 'Toronto' or 'Ontario,' and the immediate thought associations are with a somewhat blander version of North America: a United States with a welfare regime and a more polite street etiquette, and the additionally reassuring visage of Queen Elizabeth on the currency.
America
Associations
Currency
Elizabeth
Etiquette
Immediate
More
North
North america
Ontario
Polite
Queen
Reassuring
Regime
The Voting Rights Act was, and still is, vitally important to the future of democracy in the United States.
Act
Democracy
Future
Important
Rights
States
Still
United
United states
Vitally
Voting
Voting rights
In the United States, there one feels free... Except from the Americans - but every pearl has its oyster.
American
Every
Except
Feels
Free
Oyster
Pearl
States
United
United states