Homogenized by Highways

Sandro said highways primed us for a separation from place, from actual life. The autostrada replaced life with road signs and place names. A white background and black lettering. MILANO. A reduction, Sandro said, to nothing but names. 
“No different than here,” I said. “You might as well deplore all highways.” 
He concealed it was true, but said America was supposed to be a place ruined and homogenized by highways, that that was its unique character, crass and vulgar sameness.

- from The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner