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Reality in Freefall

by 11/01/2001
Neighborhood: World Trade Center

“Spirit is Life. It flows thru the death of me endlessly like a river unafraid of becoming the sea”–Gregory Corso I ate my breakfast at a leisurely pace, mopping up the last traces of ketchup on the plate with my muffin. Glancing at the clock on the wall, I saw that it was eight forty […]

The Day the Music Retched

by 10/20/2001
Neighborhood: Multiple, World Trade Center

It was supposed to start with a mandated early-morning appointment with an “employment specialist” from the New York Department of Labor and end with me shaking my ass to minimal techno at Centro-Fly. Between these, I was going to vote in the primaries, work at the international DJ academy, and see Matthew Herbert, on of […]

Maybe a Girl Who Loved the Ocean

by 10/19/2001
Neighborhood: World Trade Center

It is Rosh Hashanah. Today I learned that my father was named for his grandfather, a pious Ocean Avenue Jew my father does not remember. Still, he carries the name: a mysterious, permanent burden attached to so many of the tribe. We are named only for the dead, never the living, so as not to […]

It’s In The Bones

by 10/19/2001
Neighborhood: World Trade Center

My grandfather, a Russian-Jewish émigré and New York painter named Raphael Soyer, used to say, in his wonderful old-world accent, “New York is my country.” The year 2001 finds me living in Boston in the eighteenth year of my self-imposed exile from the island of Manhattan, the village of my childhood. I am the only […]

Forever Falling

by 10/17/2001
Neighborhood: World Trade Center

I came from Chicago to do a reading on Thursday. The guy I was staying with, Bryan, couldn’t make it, so I arranged to meet him at the World Trade Center the next day–he worked for Morgan Stanley on the 70th floor of the 2nd tower. At about 5:00 I waited for him with my […]

The Archaeology of Disaster

by 10/17/2001
Neighborhood: World Trade Center

There is the sense that we are doing something wrong, Diana Wall and I, as we walk south from Franklin Street toward what is arguably Manhattan’s most compelling dig site, the hill of rubble that was, until recently, the World Trade Center. Wall is a New York-based archaeologist, whose book, “Unearthing Gotham: The Archaeology of […]

Halfway to Heaven

by 10/16/2001
Neighborhood: World Trade Center

On the first day of October, the Windows on the World community held a memorial service for those lost in the WTC tragedy. Held at the breathtaking and enormous Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the simple and touching service managed to make everyone feel as one in love, loss and sorrow. The renowned restaurant […]

The Most Orange Orange

by 10/16/2001
Neighborhood: World Trade Center

In the silence, ash and smoke and dust snowing down, right before I felt and heard the second collapse, there was the teenage girl, with blond hair that should have been shining in the sun but for the pieces of the Towers in the air, and hiphuggers, and a boyfriend listening to her read from […]

Halfway to Heaven

by 10/15/2001
Neighborhood: World Trade Center

On the first day of October, the Windows on the World community held a memorial service for those lost in the WTC tragedy. Held at the breathtaking and enormous Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the simple and touching service managed to make everyone feel as one in love, loss and sorrow. The renowned restaurant […]

Someone Asked

by 10/15/2001
Neighborhood: World Trade Center

A friend of mine in Seattle recently sent me an email, asking me how I was doing in these weeks after September 11th. She wrote me the following: “I imagine you’ve been dealing with the horrific events in NYC since the 11th — I’ve been thinking about you. Where is the Comedy Central bldg in […]

The Syntax of Disaster

by 10/11/2001
Neighborhood: World Trade Center

I remember… the sound and the smoke… the terror of the crowds rushing past… a dark cloud billowing toward me in a wave of debris, determined, absolute… Searching for a meaning in this memory, I look at other stories born on September 11 and see a shared vocabulary that is at once horrifying and epiphanic: […]

The View From The Wtc Plaza

by 10/09/2001
Neighborhood: World Trade Center

I worked on the 54th Floor World Trade Center 2. On Tuesday 9/11, I was on the plaza of the World Trade Center when I saw the first plane hit WTC 1. It was 8:43 am. Since Labor Day we had been very busy and the entire office had been arriving very early for work. […]