Still Being Felt?
Not all past events have ramifications for today.
Apr 26, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 30 • By JOE QUEENAN
The reverberations from Yoko Ono’s breaking up the Beatles can be felt to this very minute. No doubt about it. REM was never quite up to the job; neither was U2. Personally, I am more upset about the demise of the Beatles than I am about the extinguishing of the flickering flame of freedom in the Athenian cradle of democracy. That’s because democracy can be rekindled, but the Beatles can’t.
Recently, I read an enthusiastic review of Edward Luttwak’s new book The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire in the Wall Street Journal. Sure enough, this otherwise brilliant book includes this line:
Say that one more time, Ed, and I’m going to smack you.
Joe Queenan is the author, most recently, of Closing Time: A Memoir.