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Roger Rosenblatt

Irony and Sin

The remains of the Twin Towers were still smoldering when Roger Rosenblatt’s essay in Time appeared.  The aftermath of America’s “worst” day since Pearl Harbor revealed the dawning of a new, profound era to Rosenblatt and other conservative observers.  “One good thing could come from this horror,” he wrote, “it could spell the end of the age of irony.” Right…irony disappeared into a haze of violence and robo-patriotism.  More than a decade after the event that made our world “real” again, it seems pretty clear that without irony we are stuck wondering what the hell just happened.  I had a Read more