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April272009

New Yorker Covering "Swine Flu" Story since the Ford Administration

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Martin Schneider writes:

Credit Twitter users supergork and echidnapi with the catch.

In the May 31, 1976, edition of The New Yorker, there appeared a "casual" (what today would be filed under "Shouts & Murmurs") by Richard Leibmann-Smith satirizing the hullabaloo surrounding awards ceremonies. Leibmann-Smith spent page 31 (subscribers only) musing on the following scenario: what if the "Academy" in "Academy Awards" signified the American Academy of Medicine? What if there were a "Jonas" instead of an "Oscar," with the categories Best Disease, Best Symptoms, Best Virus, and Best Potential Epidemic? Riffing on the most recent Oscar winner, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, which had also effected a sweep of all the major categories just two months earlier, Leibmann-Smith chose as his awards juggernaut "Swine flu," as in the piece's title (prepare wince reflex), "Swine Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

On the intersection of Twitter and swine flu, Randall Munroe expresses more amusingly something I had noticed as well.


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