In Poland, you were allowed some practice of the arts of self-indulgence, but you
were expected to be sincere and also to have high ideals—people respected you for
that. In America, you were expected to exhibit the confusions of inner vehemence, to
express opinions no one need take seriously, and have eccentric foibles and
extravagant needs, which exhibited the force of your will, your appetitiveness, the
spread of your self-regard—all excellent things.