My own personal copies of The Geography of Nowhere and Home from Nowhere arrived in the mail today from Amazon. Here is an excerpt from the prologue of the latter:
Since then I’ve come to understand one of the chief impediments preventing us from comprehending the tragedy of our everyday environment: American culture is very abstract. Suburbia fails us in large part because it is so abstract. It’s an idea of a place rather than a place. The way you can tell is because so many places in this country seem like no place in particular, and a lack of particularlity is the earmark of abstraction.