Robert Pells


On his book Modernist America: Art, Music, Movies, and the Globalization of American Culture

Cover Interview of May 30, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The cultural relation between America and the rest of the world is not one-sided.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“The United States was and continues to be as much a consumer of foreign intellectual and artistic influences as it has been a shaper of the world’s entertainment and tastes.”

On the second:

“Trends in culture define a country and a world every bit as much as economic and military crises.”