I FELL asleep during Monica Lewinsky's famous interview on ABC. Two hours listening to strangers talk about sex is more tedious than might be supposed.
Neither President Clinton nor Ms. Lewinsky came off well. He a heedless cad. She sadder, but only somewhat wiser. Don't you know about phone sex? It's fun!
She seemed, by turns, peppy, ingratiating, contemptuous, fragile, savvy, coy, apologetic, unrepentant, victim, user, the modern woman, a kid. Mr. Clinton was, in her memory, tender and sensual, a soul mate. At several moments, one could almost feel he could get her back for a half-baked apology and a box of chocolates. Otherwise, he's a guy from Jerksville.
Arnold Rosenfeld is editor-in-chief of the Cox Newspapers. His E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pub Date: 3/11/99