Jonathan’s post yesterday on l’affaire Zimerman contains one surreal detail — how Zimerman’s Steinway was destroyed by American officials after 9/11 because they thought the glue “smelled funny.” Which tells us something about the hysteria of the times. As Jonathan wrote in a subsequent comment, “we have a
lot of ground to make up, as a nation. I feel good about the start
we’ve made, but my *God* was that a ridiculous, nightmarish period.”
True indeed. What’s funny to me is how passions that gripped us so strongly such a short time ago (only 6-7 years ago, really not that long a time) seem so distant, so much a historical thing — funny wrong things we used to think, like believing in witches or trepanning or something. Jonathan’s comment reminded me of this Mr. Show clip, which I discovered on a political blog under a heading something like “History of America, 2001-2003.” It was a strange time to live here.