|CHAPTER 891 The Yanks have always liked parties,
2 And it seemed like they had a lot to celebrate,
3 Because everything was booming,
4 aWhat with Mr. Henry Ford and his invention of assembly lines,
5 bAnd Mr. Sears Roebuck and his invention of retail advertising,
6 cAnd all the stocks on Wall Street going through the roof,
7 dAnd all the girls getting a little freer with their favors,
8 eAnd jazz music busting out all over,
9 And Hollywood bulging with fstars,
10 And America suddenly the richest and most prosperous nation in the whole world,
11 gAnd wasn't everything just great?
CHAPTER 901 Except that it wasn't all completely great,
2 hBecause there was a Yank generation that got lost,
4 For some reason having to do with the World War,
5 And what it meant,
6 Or something.
7 iA lot of the Yanks who got lost were writers and artists and intellectuals,
8 Who suddenly found they just weren't comfortable in America anymore,
9 Because the Yanks back home seemed kind of naive,
10 And overoptimistic,
11 And far too happy,
12 And not nearly as much fun to be with as people who have seen a few million of their most promising youth blown away in an jinsanely brutal war.
||13 kBesides, Yank writers and artists and intellectuals have always needed a ready supply of really good whiskey,
14 Which is easier to find in a country where alcohol is legal,
15 Like France.
CHAPTER 911 And so a whole bunch of Yanks started calling themselves expatriates,
2 lAnd moved to Paris, France,
3 Where all the best writers and artists and intellectuals were doing their mdrinking at the time,
4 And got together to figure out what it all meant,
5 Like the War and everything,
6 Which they did,
7 nBecause when you have enough really good whiskey, you can figure out almost anything.
CHAPTER 921 For example, there was a Yank expatriate named oErnest Hemingway,
2 Who figured out that war was pretty awful,
3 pSince war is an inevitable part of life,
4 qWhich is also basically awful,
5 rBecause things keep happening,
6 And a lot of the things that happen are just stragicomic accidents,
7 tLike maybe your arms get shot off in World War I,
8 uOr maybe you lose the love of your life in childbirth during World War I,