There's an unfun tendency in American life to fictionalize our national heroes as rigid statue people who speak only as though they are delivering commencement addresses, a kind of unlovable, Al Gore-ish anti-charisma that would inhibit anyone in real life from becoming a national hero in the first place. Own it, Mr., Mrs., and Dr. America: We're a big-hearted, sappy, goddamned people. We like our heroes homespun-folksy and our films directed by Steven Spielberg, whether... More >>>