Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

August 31, 2007

The Real Strangelove Doomsday Device

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 7:17 pm

I don’t ordinarily do this, since I assume faithful readers eagerly seek out my work elsewhere on their own but since the fate of the earth is at stake in
this Slate column, permit me to urge you to take a look. If you’re alarmed as the facts seem to warrant, about the shakiness of our control over our (and Russia’s) nuclear arsenals, and the threat it poses of accidental nuclear war, I hope you’ll e mail it to your congress- person.


  1. i know this is brash and quite sad, but ron, do you have any extra tickets to Lear at BAM? please. I would blather about what a big fan I am of Shakespeare Wars and Explaining Hitler, how SWars changed my life. had me take a deeper look at the writing and learn to love the sonnets, how I went out and bought or rented everything you suggested in the book, how I’m taking a Rodenburg class at the end of the month. that i am a dedicated follower of your work here and on slate.. blah blah, but that would seem like i am trying to kiss your @$$.. and you don’t need it kissed, your not Bloom
    anyway, just figured i’d try… i’m broke and the tickets are going for $500… I am not a jerk, nor crazy. talkbackers, I mean no disrespect, please understand. this is a once and a lifetime opportunity and i am grasping at straws

    Regret I don’t have ANY tix. But if someone wants to sell a pair to me and has an extra one for you, I’ll let you know. I understand the desire to see it.

    Comment by bryan — September 5, 2007 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

  2. Here’s some more nuclear angst for you:

    Now that I’ve posted on topic, may I be so presumptuous as to stray off topic? Because I would really really love to know your thoughts on Branagh’s As You Like It that is on HBO.

    Comment by Josh — September 5, 2007 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

  3. The Subterranean World of the Bomb launched my life-long obsession with all things nuclear, although it only named an addiction I’d suffered from for years — namely, nuclear porn.

    Thank you. I suppose it’s rational to be less afraid of a nuclear holocaust than during, say, the Reagan years. Still, I’ve often wondered how much. A surprise attack by the USSR is probably less likely. But then, that was only ever one possible nuclear threat hanging over our heads, and I always considered it one of the least likely ones, as long as we didn’t do anything stupid to provoke it.

    And, I suppose, simply not being at the same state of readiness must reduce the threat to some degree, too. But we’re talking about such a BIG threat that any remaining dangers would, by definition, be significant.

    Do you have any idea if silo commanders picked up on the spoon and the string technique? And whether anything was done to correct it? Aren’t you curious how the Judo-Christian ethic is being applied in a post-9/11 world? Most importantly of all: Have you taken any steps to find out what’s in the third letter?

    Is it not time for: Son of the Subterranean World of the Bomb?

    Comment by Ed — September 5, 2007 @ 9:58 pm | Reply

  4. It’s a great article – which caused me to seek out the March 1978 cover article from Harper’s Magazine, “The subterranean world of the bomb”… Handy that the entire Harper’s archive is online now!

    And just to underscore the potential for SNAFU’s where nukes are concerned, yesterday we were treated with this headline, “Nuclear warheads mistakenly flown on B-52”. Ooops!

    Thanks for bringing back my childhood nuclear nightmares caused by growing up during the Reagan years!

    Comment by Art Brewster — September 6, 2007 @ 6:15 am | Reply

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