Category Archives: 9/11

Dude, I Called It – 9/11 Edition

In October 2001 I published “The Death of Irony: Reports are Exaggerated.” These quotations are from it, with current commentary. There’s a lot to be said for the idea that terrorism only works if it causes people to change the … Continue reading

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Dude, I Called It – 9/11 Aftermath

In October 2001 I published “The Death of Irony: Reports are Exaggerated.” Here is a prime example: Wouldn’t it be ironic if America remains in thrall to the Arab countries just because of its stubborn, paranoid refusal to acknowledge that … Continue reading

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…and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

It’s old, but somehow didn’t get posted before. Maybe it’s not that old. The combatants who got transformed into crispy critters are still covered in scar tissue. Not such an easy thing to let flow into the rear-view mirror.

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Patriot: a Painting

Patriot: a painting in oil by Dale Hartman

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World Trade Center Tombstones

Horizon Magazine, Autumn 1976 This issue of Horizon, published when the World Trade Center was only three years old and people were still getting used to its looming presence, features a 12-page photo essay about the architectural marvel. The truly … Continue reading

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Giving, Government and God: One Year After

(Originally published September 25, 2002) After the attacks on New York and the Pentagon, it was enlightening to read news from elsewhere, like the BBC and Pravda. The mirror hasn’t been invented yet to let us “see ourselves as other … Continue reading

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Culture and Women: One Year After

(Originally published September 18, 2002) In literature, the events of 9/11 resulted in a fine piece of satire, “French Intellectuals Deployed to Afghanistan to Convince Al-Queda of Non-Existence of God;” and a sublime personal statement, the Tamim Ansary essay that … Continue reading

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