Hey Wait A Minute -- I'm from "Flyover Country!"
At one point Winchester suggests that in rejecting the labels, respectively, of “Bosnian” or “Lebanese” writer, Hemon and Alameddine may themselves have essentialized about “Americans” on the program.
But Winchester himself says that “much of the flyover country here [in America] is people who are not in the slightest bit interested [in literature or the rest of the world], you know it’s game shows, and afternoon TV . . .”
Also, he tells a story about meeting a Chinese woman in a remote part of China who asks him to tell her everything he knows about Trollope. He then says “you wouldn’t find that in the middle of America, ‘can you tell me about Ivo Andrić [the Nobel Prize winning Bosnian author of The Bridge on the Drina (1945)], [or] can you tell me all about a great Lebanese writer,’ but you would find it in China, thank heavens.”
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