the thing is so good it is almost not American.
And this bit of smug, preening bullshit from TNR’s Leon Wieseltier is precisely what is wrong with the American academy today.
Consider what Wieseltier is actually saying here: If something reaches a pinnacle of quality, then it cannot be American. It must be un-American because, as everybody he knows, reads, or speaks with is aware, America can only produce crap. So a fictional television “study” of a mob of neurotics clustered around sociopaths and psychopaths engaged in a murderous criminal enterprise is “art” so “good,” it must be “not American.”
But never question their love for America. That would be evil.