Thanks for the transcription, ONMTP! I actually went to the newsstand to get a copy myself, but they still had the previous issue in stock. Now you've saved me five bucks!
I don't think its entirely hypocritical of LVT to say he knows what America is like. It's hard for me to say, having lived here all my life, but I think you get a pretty good idea from the movies and media. For example, on a smaller scale, NY and LA were exactly like I thought they'd be, the first time I visited them, simply because I'd seen them so much in media.