More Peggy Noonan from the Time Warner Political Summit. This conversation, about how Noonan got her start at Mademoiselle as a college student who’d won a magazine writing contest, was the result of an earlier conversation we’d had about the Rosenbergs: at one point I’d mentioned that my first and strongest Rosenbergs reference came from the opening of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar — turns out Noonan had worked for the same editor at Mademoiselle that Plath had twenty years earlier. Later I asked Noonan what she thinks of the new media world college grads are encountering today: “It’s a talentocracy. Meritocracy, I’m not sure, it’s one of those debatable words, but talent? You can come from anywhere, have no credentials, but if you have humor, wit, brilliance, an ability to explain what it is…you can become an overnight blog sensation.” Full video after the jump.
A side note: Rachel Sklar and I conducted this interview in a busy hallway between panel rooms; a number of people saw us talking to Noonan and later made it a point to tell me either what big fans they were of hers (many of them, regardless of her views), or how they’d also experienced first hand how generous she is with her time.