> 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.