Are we getting dumber?

Walking home to her Upper East
Side apartment [on 9/11/2001], she stopped at a
bar. As she sipped her bloody mary, she quietly listened to two men,
neatly dressed in suits. For a second she thought they were going to
compare that day’s horrifying attack to the Japanese bombing in 1941
that blew America into World War II:

“This is just like Pearl Harbor,” one of the men said.

The other asked, “What is Pearl Harbor?”

“That was when the Vietnamese dropped bombs in a harbor, and it started the Vietnam War,” the first man replied.

At that moment, Ms. Jacoby said, “I decided to write this book.”