More different than alike

By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 24, 2008

Yes, that’s true, says Weiland. But “only if we let it. Yeah, it’s all getting more and more alike, except where it isn’t.” He cites the recent groundswell of interest in farmers’ markets and locally grown food. “The fight-back starts now,” he laughs. “I’ve got pitchfork in hand.”

He’s cheered by the essays that show America being “renewed by immigration, be it Bosnians in Missouri, Chinese in Georgia, Bangladeshis in Rhode Island, Ghanaians in Michigan. That is us. And that’s something to be confident about.

“There’s no question that this is a moment of extraordinary self-doubt and dislocation,” he continues, “and there’s a kind of wobbliness in all sorts of different parts of American life.” But “we have much to be proud of.”

Matt Weiland, Alison Bechdel, and Tony Horwitz appear at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street in Harvard Square, at 7 pm on Monday, September 29. Tickets are $10; call 617.661.1515.

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