Roger L. Simon

Oriana in The New Yorker

I was going to comment on the Margot Talbot interview of Oriana Fallaci in The New Yorker, but Stephen @ Horsefeathers has said amost everything I thought and more. He has done a great job of deconstructing the puerile post-9/11 weltanschauung of the once-great magazine. Everything has shifted. Why not The New Yorker? But I will add this. I detected in the weakness of Talbot’s arguments – and maybe this was projection – a distinct subtextual envy of Fallaci. And why not again? Oriana is everything today’s New Yorker New Yorker isn’t – determined, passionate, moral. Although I have never met her, when Fallaci dies, I will be in mourning.