Noonan flashback:

Noonan flashback: Since the blogosphere is today collectively declaring Peggy Noonan the greatest writer ever, I thought I would link back to an essay she wrote in November, 1998,
for the magazine Forbes ASAP. When I first read the essay in 1998, I
found it disturbing and, frankly, very un-Noonan, as it was so starkly
foreboding. It was written at the height of economic boom times but had
a somberness that haunted me for months. (Great writing can do that.)

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I thought of Peggy Noonan’s
essay. I spent a couple of days tracking it down to see if it said what
I recalled it saying. It did. Start reading from Heading III (“if you’re in a good mood, stop reading here and go hug the kids and
relax and have a drink and a nice pointless conversation with your
spouse…”) and you’ll see why I think her skills soar, not only as a writer, but as a prophet.

4 thoughts on “Noonan flashback:

  1. Thursday morning, I received an email from one of the readers of my blog pointing out the remarkable similarity between the lead of Peggy Noonan’s column and this item I posted Tuesday night. I believe the commonalities are more than accidental.

    James Taranto brought to my attention last October the fact that both David Brooks and John Podhoretz had "aped" another post of mine, which was featured in Best of the Web Today. I had hoped his newspaper’s own columnists would be more responsible.

    "Blogging," Ms. Noonan writes, "changes how business is done in American journalism." Unfortunately, blogging hasn’t much changed plagiarism—except to make it easier.

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