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    Question the provincial prevarications of nostalgia

    On a trip upstate, Frank visited a Fourth of July celebration in rural Jay, N.Y., and photographed two girls in white dresses skipping beneath a huge, diaphanous American flag. ‘‘Something I really like is a big flag,’’ Frank says. ‘‘Here, people are so proud of it. In other countries you don’t feel they’re so proud of their flag.’’ Like most things with Frank, that cuts two ways. Foreign, uncompromisingly independent, Frank loathed the provincial prevarications of nostalgia. At closer inspection, the flag is torn, while along the photograph’s edge is the only visible face: a sneering boy. That the flag is transparent means that in ‘‘The Americans,’’ a reader looks, in effect, through the cloth to the image on the next page — to segregated New Orleans, where Frank made his best-known picture.

    What does the marked sentence in the paragraph mean? I guess it means Frank liked the change. Is it right?

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    p.s: this paragraph is taken from "The Man Who Saw America" by Nicholas Dawidoff
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    Re: the provincial prevarications of nostalgia

    Please give the source and author of the extract. (Please don't post a link - just tell us the title and author.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the provincial prevarications of nostalgia

    Thank you for providing the source although please note that each word should have taken an initial capital letter.

    Do you understand the definitions of the individual words in the sentence you are querying?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the provincial prevarications of nostalgia

    I think I did right. I don't know what words I shall correct. Do you mean the ps sentence?

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    Re: the provincial prevarications of nostalgia

    The title of the book should be written "The Man Who Saw America".

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