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9/11: Some Responses

Posted on the 11 September 2011 by Erictheblue

If you have a fondness for the absurd, you might like something I saw today at the New Yorker website, which has of late been compiling and publishing answers to a series of 9/11 questions put to many of their regular contributors.  The questions are:

  1. What were you thinking about, or working on, the day the attacks occurred?
  2. Did 9/11 change your work plans?
  3. Are there places you’ve gone, or people you’ve met, that you wouldn’t have if not for 9/11?
  4. Is New York a different city for you now?
  5. Is there one image or scene that evokes that day for you?
  6. What piece of work to emerge from 9/11 has stayed with you the most?

This morning I was reading the responses of Nick Paumgarten, who edits the magazine’s Talk of the Town section.  In a strange way, they were both predictable and compelling.  He had been in the magazine’s midtown office when the first tower was struck, and had immediately taken a taxi as far south as the cabbie would drive.  He had then seen with the naked eye a few of the events that followed.  His answer to the fifth question was:

The sight of the people jumping from the towers, one after another.  I was quite close to that.  It was horrific.

At the end of his answers, there is a single reader comment, and it goes like this: 

I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow.  I would be an idiot ever to pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy.  I sold a 37” HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for.  I use BidsFresh.com

 My country, tis of thee I sing.

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