[911] America more serious? You must be joking — Christopher Hitchens on America after 911 … ‘”Can we be funny?” the hosts of Saturday Night Live asked Rudy Giuliani when they nervously invited him on to the set a few nights after the immolation of the World Trade Centre. “Why start now?” was his mordant reply and, with that, frivolity resumed her reign.’

Christopher Hitchens on America after 911

This entry was posted on Thursday, March 7th, 2002 at 12:05 pm and is filed under 911.

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Maybe it was Rudy and SNL that gave us permission to be funny again, but I think I’ll always credit that amazing 9/26/01 issue of the Onion as the refutation of the “irony is dead” theory. “Hijackers Surprised to Find Selves in Hell”, “Shattered Nation Longs to Care About Stupid Bullshit Again” — that was one for the history books.

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