The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British
The Anglo Files:
A Field Guide to the British
by Sarah Lyall
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This probably isn’t a good time to fall in love with the English. Their economy—subject to an even more inflated property market than ours—is poised for a fall. Their boozy, clever, and always-for-hire Hitchens-style newspaper hacks are starting to wear thin. And with just about the worst diet in the EU and an unquenchable thirst for our trashiest cultural exports (from Bret Easton Ellis to Desperate Housewives), it’s not always easy telling them apart from, well, us.
It’s a land where surface has always mattered most, and as Sarah Lyall points out in The Anglo Files, her amusing, perceptive, and somewhat compromised collection of essays on Anglo-American cultural relations, that’s part of its charm. Brits don’t rush to share their deepest vibes at the drop of a hat. They’re not spilling over with sincerity
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