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#53236 - 09/17/01 11:13 PM Coverage of the attacks and the ensuing conflict
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You notice how I call it "conflict" instead of "war," a word I keep sidling up to and running away from. Intellectually, I know we're going to war; emotionally I can't handle the idea at all.

Anyway. I thought it might be useful to have a thread where we can share relevant links to worthwhile articles/sites online as well as mention well-written articles in periodicals, things that help us make sense of what's going on, provide good analysis or meaningful memorials or whatever.

And if there's something you want to complain about or warn us away from in terms of coverage, of course that can go here too.

My first contribution was brought to my attention by Regina Rouge: have the Kleenex handy .

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#53237 - 09/20/01 01:49 PM Re: Coverage of the attacks and the ensuing conflict
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I linked to the New Yorker's site in the thread on the attacks in the Generalities section, but I thought it might be useful to do so again here. This week's issue is absolutely worth seeking out, if only to see the devastating cover, but there's really good, thoughtful coverage, especially considering that apparently the staffers pulled it all together within about 48 hours of the attacks. The website has most of the magazine content as well as some archive stories, including a profile of Osama bin Laden from last year and a 30-year-old piece that I haven't yet been able to bring myself to read on the building of the World Trade Center.

I never thought I'd see the day when the New Yorker had no cartoons.

(Edited to add: Not all of the archive content is available on the home page--you have to scroll down to the bottom to find the "From the Archives" link on the left.)

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#53238 - 09/20/01 03:12 PM Re: Coverage of the attacks and the ensuing conflict
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One columnist who's really impressed me over the last week and a half is Leonard Pitts . zuclinator linked to his articles on MBTV and he seems to write almost exactly what I've been thinking.
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#53239 - 09/20/01 04:33 PM Re: Coverage of the attacks and the ensuing conflict
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cat, thanks for mentioning this week's New Yorker. As someone mentioned, I was also wondering how the magazine would cover the massacre. Unfortunately, there isn't any place out here in Mayberry that sells the magazine. (I can't even find frickin' Time magazine. Sigh.) I asked Frink to pick one up for me in the city, and he can't find any place that has a copy left; they were all sold out yesterday. One bookstore is compiling a waiting list and expects a shipment of more copies next week.

I'm hoping to get a copy of this because the cover art sounds beautiful and powerful, and it seems like the sort of thing that might be worth saving. (Actually, I don't usually buy the New Yorker but I don't think I've ever discarded any copy of it anyway.) But it's looking like I might not be able to find one.

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#53240 - 09/21/01 01:12 PM Re: Coverage of the attacks and the ensuing conflict
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Sports Illustrated is covering the attack as well, essentially from the perspective of the sporting world. Except for a few pages, the dumped all of their sports news and coverage (even though there was some to be covered) and wrote about the attack. I haven't read it all yet (I just got it yesterday, and to tell the truth, I'm a little burnt out on this), but SIhas some excellent writers on staff that y'all may be interested in checking out.
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#53241 - 09/21/01 05:02 PM Re: Coverage of the attacks and the ensuing conflict
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This week's Entertainment Weekly just came. Thank god the cover image is an arty shot of the American flag, and not the towers (that was my fear). The coverage itself is interesting, as it echoes the conversations I've been having with the writers and academics who surround me. We, and EW, have been wondering how to justify what we do in the face of such tragedy. And the answer is, what we do is not of immediate importance, but it is absolutely necessary to normal life, which is what those of us not intimately affected need now, and what those still overwhelmed with grief will eventually need.

To this end EW provides a list of things to watch, read, and listen to. I'm so pleased that their list of books includes Elizabeth Bishop's and Frank O'Hara's collected poems. I've been trying to formulate my argument for why poetry is important now, and while I don't quite have it properly sorted out in my head, my heart and soul know it is.

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#53242 - 09/26/01 11:09 PM Re: Coverage of the attacks and the ensuing conflict
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I just wanted to second cat's recommendation of the Sept. 24 New Yorker -- I have been looking for a copy since she posted that, and you can't find one for love nor money anywhere in Ontario it seems. But keckler was kind enough to send me a copy which I received today. The cover is stunning, and as I wrote to keckler, is probably the simplest, most tasteful and most powerful illustration of the event I've seen. (It was done by graphic genius Art Spiegelman.) I've only had a chance to read some of the shorter pieces at the front but what I've read so far has been great. I hope some of you can find it at your local library or borrow a copy from someone.

Oh, and there's a wonderful poem on the last page, which was not written about the attacks, but suits the event perfectly: "Try to Praise the Mutilated World," by Adam Zagajewski, translated from Polish by Clare Cavanagh. The poetry editor of the magazine was reading the poem while working at home during the time of the attacks. I tried to find it online but can't, and obviously can't post it here because of copyright, but it's really worth seeking out. I cried over it, and usually I do not cry easily over poetry. Although it's not like it takes much to make me cry these days.

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#53243 - 10/02/01 09:30 AM Re: Coverage of the attacks and the ensuing conflict
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Arundhati Roy had a really compelling and interesting piece in Saturday's Guardian.
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#53244 - 10/02/01 10:05 AM Re: Coverage of the attacks and the ensuing conflict
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I was just going to mention that piece. I was especially struck by this part:
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Because then it falls to the rest of us [non-Americans] to ask the hard questions and say the harsh things. And for our pains, for our bad timing, we will be disliked, ignored and perhaps eventually silenced.

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#53245 - 10/02/01 10:06 AM Re: Coverage of the attacks and the ensuing conflict
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Oops, double post. For some reason Chiclit's forums are going crazy on me today.

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