A Cheeseburger at the Top of the World

Vanity Fair magazine ran their annual essay contest shortly after 9/11 asking the question: What is the true character of the American people? Nearly twenty years later we again find ourselves loathed by much of the planet, perhaps for many of the same reasons. Here’s my essay from then, eager to hear what you think now…

Dear Rest of the World:

In case you still care, the character of the American people can be likened to the experience of eating lunch at the top of Frank Lloyd Wright’s never-built mile-high tower. Captured in a blueprint…