"This may be a Henry Millerish exaggeration. Nevertheless, it strikes me more and more that America's reputation for materialism is unfounded- that is, if a materialist is a person who thoroughly enjoy the physical world and loves material things. In this sense, we are superb materialists when it comes to the construction of jet aircraft, but when it we decorate the inside of the magnificent monsters for the comfort of passengers it is nothing but frippery. High-heeled, narrow-hipped, doll-type girls serving imitation, warmed-over meals. For our pleasures are not material pleasures but symbols of pleasure- attractively packaged but inferior in content."