Twin Peaks Revisited

Posted September 12, 2017 11:16 pm by Editor

In the fall of 1946, Mary McCarthy wrote a letter objecting to a
New Yorker
essay by John Hersey, which had trained its journalistic sights on Hiroshima and Nagasaki a year after the bombs fell. McCarthy argued that Hersey had not only failed to protest the atom bomb effectively, but also trivialized the bombing, treating it as a mere natural disaster, like a flood or earthquake, that occurs in the normal course of events. In reality, the atom bomb had exploded on a plane inaccessible to “human interest” journalism. It had exploded in “the moral world,” blowing “a kind of

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