Saturday, June 16, 2007
Tina Brown is twitching like a diabetic in the early stages of insulin shock. She's just been asked what she thinks about Prince Harry's misadventures in a Calgary shooter bar, and though it's been days since the news broke, she had no clue about the incident. “What is this? What's happened? What have I missed? Tell me!” she implores. “Tell me the Harry news!”Her startled reaction suggests the Tina news may be more interesting. After all, once upon a time, as an editor serially responsible for the British gossip mag Tatler and then Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Talk magazines, Brown sat on a self-made throne ruling over a zeitgeisty land of media and celebrity, where courtiers and friends kept her abreast of the very latest in low and high culture. Time was, she'd have been one of the first in the land to hear of Royal misadventures.