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One telling anecdote summarizes my last 24 hours of reentry into American culture:

I went grocery shopping at Sprouts. As a store ostensibly dedicated to fresh produce and healthy food, this was the closest supermarket experience I could get to my love affair with Parisian markets and epicurean neighborhood stores, I figured. There was even a shrink-wrapped, perfectly rectangular piece of Parmesan that professed itself “artisanal.” At the checkout, a store employee asked me if I wanted to sample a new product:

Cotton-candy-flavored grapes.

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