Sunday, 14 November 2010

stamping stars from the wrong pavement

Isn't America amazing?

I made this collage because that's the kind of thing I do, particularly when I'm ill and watching Devil Wears Prada on a Saturday afternoon. But the inspiration to do it came mainly from a feature in British Vogue with American sportswear, which I LOVED because it reminded me of my favourite T-shirt (below). You may notice more than one image from the video for Hollywood by Marina and the Diamonds, that's because the song really captures my feelings towards the States: "I'm obsessed with the mess that's America"

I think that I first fell in love with America on my first -and only, so far- trip there, to Boston. I remember going into what looked like a bar, and being absolutely certain that they wouldn't serve food. I was 8 at the time, and slightly baffled by this enormous city which looked like the ones on TV, but seemed much colder. Come to think of it, this was probably the beginning of my love-hate (mainly hate) relationship with hats, because it was so cold that I was forced to wear one no matter whether I liked it or not.

Anyway, I was hungry, cold , and wandering why we were sitting at a table in an almost empty bar. The only other customers were a couple at the next table, I remember that the man was wearing a baseball cap with a 'No War in Iraq' badge. Then my food arrived. It was a PB&J sandwich, something I had only heard of in Calvin and Hobbes up until that point of my life. After overcoming the shock of such a thing being real, let alone the fact it was served in an empty bar at midday, I took a bite.

It was delicious. Something about the way it was sticky, sweet, salty, thick and soft all at the same time made it amazing, and all the better for being eaten on a cold October day. At that point, I decided I liked this country, something only reinforced by the Halloween puppet show, the father and son we met at a restaurant who could have doubled for Martin and Frasier Crane, the classic Diner breakfast and the lights display somewhere in the middle of the city, which nobody else was watching. Yes, I decided, I think I'll come back here.

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