Quote of the day – August 2, 2012
They have poverty here, too: “Really hard to believe this one,” one Quora user said of the fact that the richest country in the world has hungry children. Another wrote, “[San Francisco] is presumably one of the wealthiest cities in the wealthiest state of the wealthiest country in the world. I expected to see wealth. I didn’t expect to see poverty like this. It seems a little worse each time I visit.” An Iraqi refugee interviewed by This American Life was so surprised to see a homeless woman in New York’s central park that he called 911, assuming that she must be sick, wounded, anything but homeless in America.
- An excerpt from Max Fisher’s August 1, 2012 piece “The Land of Big Groceries, Big God, and Smooth Traffic: What Surprises First-Time Visitors to America” for The Atlantic.