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Wednesday, Aug 10, 2011
by PopMatters Staff
by Andrew Sullivan
The Sunday Times (24 July 2011)

“When Andrew Sullivan left Britain for America it was a dreary, divided land. On his return he finds political turmoil – yet a nation at peace with itself…. What should they know of England who only England know? That was Rudyard Kipling’s question in a famous piece of breezy, patriotic poetry, as he called upon the “winds of the world” to celebrate the triumph of Britishness across the globe. Of course, those who have known only England can know her pretty well, as another great Victorian, GK Chesterton, observed — “travel narrows the mind” — but a bit of perspective can sometimes help. Mine, perhaps, is a particularly strange one: a life lived in England for 21 continuous years and then one in America for a continuous 26.”


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