Please, help me with the following (highlighted) phrase:
My hubris was to think I understood America from such movies. But the real hubris I could see now was Americaís and it was hubris of scale. I saw it in the steel bridges stretching out over water; I saw it in the freeways looping over one another like tangled tapeworms. Hubris was my taxiís speedometer, wider than the steering wheel, as if Dali had grabbed the round gauge and pulled its ears.
Take a look at how Dali painted these round watch faces and see if you can get the image the author is going for:
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.