The main thing that occurs to me just now upon watching this lecture, is how good Americans are at talking…. There seems to be something particularly American about it, something related to the comfort that Americans feel with oral communication.
Was reminded of this when watching Girls but forgot to post it. I’ll be interested to see responses when it starts showing in the UK later this month, because one of the things I think makes the show hard to get into, as a non-American, is how much time the characters spend talking, that is, articulating their feelings and desires into what is or appears to be some kind of coherent narrative. However, the interesting thing that Girls really emphasizes is that this facility with oral communication is not the same thing as comfort, indeed, in Girls talking about interiority often seems to be a nervous way of avoiding having to actually experience it.