ripped from the story in USA: the 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos: pages content: two drifters on the move selling pamphlets and racy material to make a dime, traveling through america.

U.S.A. is the slice of a continent. […] U.S.A. is the world’s greatest rivervalley fringed with mountains and hills, U.S.A. is a set of bigmouthed officials with too many bank accounts. U.S.A. is a lot of men in their uniforms buried in Arlington Cemetery. U.S.A. is the letters at the end of an address when you are away from home. But mostly U.S.A. is the speech of the people.

Ted Gioia

The Great American Novel that Wasn't