Jimmy Breslin on the demise of “Tina Brown’s” Talk Magazine.
Once, American publishers, simultaneously intimidated and jealous of the British accent, loved to hire women from London as receptionists and office assistants. You dazzled these harsh, slurring Americans with voices of class. But then they made the mistake of hiring all Brits, men and women, as editors and writers. And we found that underneath the lovely accent were large swatches of horrible taste, outright illiteracy and, probably worse, stories that read like college term papers, and average ones at that.