Quotation by Carson McCullers

It is a curious emotion, this certain homesickness I have in mind. With Americans, it is a national trait, as native to us as the rollercoaster or the jukebox. It is no simple longing for the home town or country of our birth. The emotion is Janus-faced: we are torn between a nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.
Carson McCullers (1917–1967), U.S. author. repr. In The Mortgaged Heart, ed. Margarita G. Smith (1972). "Look Homeward, Americans," Vogue (New York, Dec. 1, 1940).
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