Magazine article The New Yorker

1995-2005

Magazine article The New Yorker

1995-2005

Article excerpt

1995-2005

September 11, 2001.

On Monday, September 10, 2001, a new issue of The New Yorker , with a cover date of September 17th, went on sale. It was a lighthearted "Style Special," and it featured a selection of the unpublished office memorandums of Diana Vreeland (1903-89), the legendary editor of Vogue . "In my opinion," a 1967 memo began, "in the year 2001 so many physical problems will have been eliminated that a woman's beauty will be a dream that will be completely obtainable." In conclusion, Mrs. Vreeland predicted exultantly, "The future holds a golden world."

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, with terrible suddenness, that future darkened. More lives were violently taken on American soil that day than on any day since the Civil War, including at Pearl Harbor, and this time the dead were nearly all civilians and, overwhelmingly, New Yorkers. …

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