WONKETTE WORLD O' BOOKS  4:20 pm September 12, 2011

Remembering America’s ‘Remembering 9/11′ Columns

by Greer Mansfield

Incorporating Washington Post Book World.Just one day over a decade ago, 9/11 changed everything. It did. But we got through it, because after all are we not Americans — that’s what we do, “get through” a constant sewage stream of economic and moral disasters. It was 10 years ago. Certain authors remember it well. “9/11,” they say, sitting down to tap out think pieces about that fateful day, “I remember it well. It changed everything. But is not America still, after all, America?” Let’s skim through some of these poignant “remembering 9/11” columns and incisive “how has this horrible decade affected Things on Earth?” essays, and compare and contrast, as a terrible beauty is born.

The New Yorker, apparently, isn’t about to let slip its record of epic 9/11 bathos. Remember Adam Gopnik’s “smoked mozzarella”?

Or Jonathan Franzen’s “deep grief for the loss of daily life” and his yearning for the bygone days of “hourly AOL updates on J. Lo’s doings”? [Editor's note: No, nobody remembers these things.]

For the special tenth anniversary, the New Yorker had Zadie Smith cobble together an “aren’t we all a little guilty?” meditation:

[T]his whole, unlovely decade, which started downtown, and made us all monstrous, me as much as anybody. I was for the war, at first. Later, I was pleased when President Obama promised to commit more troops to Afghanistan, not because I thought it would end that war but because I hoped it would win him the election. I sat at dinner parties and felt envious of people who had not supported the war, as if whether or not a lot of armchair intellectuals did or did not support a war was what the war was actually about.

9/11 made monsters of us all, and we looked silly at dinner parties. And everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned.

Zadie Smith is clearly a smart and self-aware person, but even with her qualifying last clause one can’t help but feel that the envy of “armchair intellectuals” (who types in an armchair?) for their opinions on real life slaughter and mayhem is missing the point somewhat. More precisely: bringing this up in a column, and using it as your main example of 9/11-inspired monstrousness, is upper-middle-brow cluelessness at its best. But this is the New Yorker, after all (and don’t get one wrong; one likes long-dead New Yorker writers like Joseph Mitchell and A.J. Liebling, and even now there’s the occasional terrific report, and Anthony Lane’s movie reviews are wondrous). [Editor's Note: And David Denby eats cat poop off his Android phone, because he misunderstood the concept of a novelty app.]

In the rest of the piece, Smith ticks all the appropriate boxes: “everything had changed”; but then again maybe not, because Jews and Christians are peacefully co-existing in New York City (evidence: papier-mâché Stars of David and crosses hung side-by-side at Christmastime); MLK’s most optimistic and least prophetic line (he wasn’t a 9/11 dinner party monster, Smith says); and finally a snappy rhyming quotation from Frederick Seidel, the poet laureate of well-heeled, educated Manhattanites who don’t read poetry. “What joy to eat the unborn,” he wrote.

There are lots of other “remembering 9/11″ pieces in the newest issue of the New Yorker, most of them written by celebrated authors. Jonathan Safran Foer echoes Franzen’s reaction ten years ago by reminding us that the incineration of humans is kind of like a nightmare. This is how unconscious influence works, probably.

Anyway, enough picking on the fussy old New Yorker. What does NEW MEDIA have to say about the recurrence of September 11 every year? What says The Daily Beast, the hawt and cutting-edge savior of Newsweek, about this subject?

In the Beast, Scottish teevee favorite and Star Trek historian Niall Ferguson went the alternative history route in a “what if 9/11 had never happened?” piece. He speculates that the Saudi regime would have collapsed and Osama bin Laden would have taken over Saudi Arabia, causing disaster in the Middle East, due to Arabs:

Replaying the history game without 9/11 suggests that, ironically, the real impact of the attacks was not on Americans but on the homelands of the attackers themselves.

Thank you for not overthrowing the Saudis, 9/11. Disasters were truly averted. Ferguson never mentions what the people of Iraq and Afghanistan might be up to right now had the attacks never happened.

The New York Times gathered a few “liberal hawks” and forced them to speak (“virtually”) at a round table.

One expects these things to be tedious, and indeed most of it is like being trapped in a faculty lounge with the entire Department of Taking Heroic Stands by Writing for the New Republic Studies. But some parts of it are good, like this outburst of David Rieff’s, aimed at the forever-innocent Paul Berman:

BERMAN: We — the United States and its allies- — at least raised the issue of liberal democracy.

RIEFF: Raised the issue? At the price of how many dead, including our own? This is not a high table debate, for God’s sake. Huge numbers of people have killed and been killed because of our decision to stay in Afghanistan after we had toppled the Taliban and our invasion of Iraq. All this to raise the issue of liberal democracy? My God, man!

Yes.

And one would like to take this sentence of Ian Buruma’s and plaster it across the entrances to every newspaper or magazine office (or blogger batcave) in the land:

You cannot use “fascism,” “Islamism,” or “Communism” as abstractions, without historical context.

This is useful advice. Even Newt Gingrich could learn from it.

Which reminds us of something. Back in the 1930s, when left-wing and liberal intellectuals were calling for armed struggle against fascism in Spain, many of them actually went to Spain to fight. George Orwell, André Malraux, a very young Octavio Paz, and many more. Orwell even got shot in the goddamn neck. Truly hawkish socialist hawks, those men. Put their money where their beaks were.

Anyway. How has this decade of colossal brutality changed you? 500-word personal essay, double-spaced. GO!

(Your Wonkette book person apologizes for inflicting a 9/11-related column on you.)

 

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nounverb911 September 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm

We can at least be a little grateful that Sarah Palin didn't exist ten years ago.

genxr September 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Sarah Palin made monsters of us all.

LetUsBray September 12, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Especially Sarah Palin.

ifthethunderdontgetya September 12, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I see you skipped Fred Hiatt's odious paen to the neoconmen.

Good for you!

How has this decade of colossal brutality changed you?

I've learned to despise The War Criminal Post.
~

Rotundo_ September 12, 2011 at 4:56 pm

If you can't overlook wapo, you can't overlook anything. I'm old enough to remember the days when it was remotely worth a shit. These days, it doesn't come within several light years of being worth a shit. Even as an example of self-parody.

zhubajie September 12, 2011 at 6:54 pm

My opinion of those mis-ruling my country and the world has gotten even lower.

HistGuy September 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I take pride in the enormous amount of self-reflection that occurred on the Anniversary. I was delighted to see the myriad discussions of the role of US foreign policy prior to 9/11 that prompted Al-Qaeda to attack, as well as the reflection on how our policies did not change since then. Also, the great discussions in the media about how much of our freedom and liberties we've surrendered in the past 10 years in a knee-jerk reaction to the attacks.

Oh, wait . . .

zhubajie September 12, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I remember counting up the number of countries or peoples which might want revenge for some attack or coup or proxy war. In 15 minutes, I reached 20, then quit.

HistGuy September 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm

So, you just covered the western hemisphere, then?

BornInATrailer September 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I am so glad the disaster-porn weekend extravaganza is over.

Chillwaver September 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm

My prediction for tonight's debate is that you will hear "9-11" at least 257 times.

ifthethunderdontgetya September 12, 2011 at 4:31 pm

"Social Security is just like 9-11."
~

Radiotherapy® September 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm

9/11 was a Ponzi Scheme.

Chillwaver September 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Too mild. Probably something more along the lines of "Obama has caused more economic and social damage to this nation than 9-11!" (notice that it's "Obama" without the "President")

elviouslyqueer September 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Even money says you're SPOT ON about this. The only question is, who will say it first?

Chillwaver September 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm

All of 'em, Katie.

Rotundo_ September 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm

It'll be Rick Perry, unless ol' crazy eyes (Michele B) wants to lob one last salvo before flaming out into obscurity. Mittens will be too interested in hanging Rick on the Social Security cross and nailing up the palms and scaring the billy bejeezus out of the olds to jump too heavily into this one.

poncho_pilot September 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm

dialing 911 is worse than 9/11.

DaRooster September 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I think even DaRooster could be taken down with that drinking game.

finallyhappy September 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm

As you all remember, during the last GOP debate, I went to a 18th century French play adapted for our time – in rhyme and with a baby pig. Tonight, I will watch Hoarders -about the lady who has hundreds of puppets in her house and is in debt for $300,000 – I think it sounds a lot like some of the candidates

Negropolis September 13, 2011 at 2:19 am

More like 911 times.

nounverb911 September 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm

"one likes long-dead New Yorker writers like Joseph Mitchell and A.J. Liebling"
"Up In the Old Hotel" is truly my most favorite book ever. (Even more then "Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel").

jus_wonderin September 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm

That is odd. I was just thinking about "Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel" yesterday. And I don't know the reason why.

AlterNewt September 12, 2011 at 10:16 pm

"Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel"

Thanks for that. Sincerely

poncho_pilot September 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm

if 9/11 fell in a forest would it make a sound?

WunkRocker September 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm

9ui11iani would hear it.

poncho_pilot September 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm

lol. only because it would make the sound of one hand fapping about dead bodies.

fixed.

SorosBot September 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm

“I remember it well. It changed everything. But is not America still, after all, America?”

[Reads over Bill of Rights] No; no it isn't.

nounverb911 September 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Now if The Hague would just remember some of the war criminals we spawned in the last ten years.

Rotundo_ September 12, 2011 at 5:07 pm

They do, why do you think Dubya isn't over in europe shaking the money tree for honoraria like his dad did? If he leaves US soil, he can be nabbed and tried, same with Cheney and most of the neocon cabal, Yoo certainly wouldn't want to get caught in the EU anytime soon either. Dubya and Dick will never set foot anywhere in europe again.

HistoriCat September 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Dubya and Dick will never set foot anywhere in europe again

Sadly, they probably don't really care.

StarsUponThars September 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Most hurk-inducing tribute article: "Fashion Remembers 9/11."

GunToting[Redacted] September 12, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Yeah, I encountered that little abomination earlier today.

Tommmcattt September 12, 2011 at 4:42 pm

" It was a Tuesday, and the chill of Autumn had settled, evidenced by the fact that had I bought my first poncho of the season the day before, after putting the whites away reluctantly for another season…"

jus_wonderin September 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

"The days of sun and sandals were behind us. Nothing would be the same, even though I was wearing my thong under my smart black tea length charmer. We watched in horror as ashes settled on my shoulder. Because goddamn, the fucking dress is dry clean only!!"

Tommmcattt September 12, 2011 at 4:56 pm

"Truly, a big black day for a little black dress…"

Radiotherapy® September 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Gunpowder changed everything.

ShaveTheWhales September 12, 2011 at 11:19 pm

The horse collar changed everything.

nounverb911 September 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm

"(Your Wonkette book person apologizes for inflicting a 9/11-related column on you.)"
Greer, after being forced to read all that fine outstanding writing, go have a drink on me.

crybabyboehner September 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I don't know nothin' about no 9-11. I'm just sorry I missed that Victoria Jackson performance.

Indiepalin September 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Most poignant 9/11 tribute: The Budweiser Clydesdales at Ground Zero.

Fare la Volpe September 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Better yet, the frogs.

Nine

EEEE

Leven

BornInATrailer September 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I preferred it when they had Osama on the "WAZZUUUUP" call.

EDIT: Haha, I wrote Obama instead of Osama. Maybe I can get a job at Fox.

jus_wonderin September 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Say it isn't so??????

Radiotherapy® September 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I will cry if I hear those fucking kids singing "New York" again.

JackDempsey1 September 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm

My brother was in the south tower. [He survived. We "Nearly Lost" him.]
I find that I cannot administer noogies without tearing up, now.

JoshuaNorton September 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm

And yea I say unto you, they shall raise up the least among them to the highest post and he shall appear as a monkee and they shall call him "W".

The sheep shall follow and the lies shall flow like water from the sea. They shall proclaim his deceptions and follow him unto war with the wrong nation.

And Cheney will shoot some guy in the face also, too.

- Lobotomy 9:11

Chet Kincaid September 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm

The dinner parties! How can we face the awful, awful dinner parties, those chattering, convivial Nurembergs of shame?

SayItWithWookies September 12, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I vas only following orders. Specifically, I vas following your order uff pheasant mit my order uff ze stuffed game hen.

Rotundo_ September 12, 2011 at 5:10 pm

The cocktail weenies and swedish meatballs good lord above, the hell of cocktail weenies and swedish meatballs again and again and again and again!

ProudLibunatic September 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm

"Nurembergs of shame!"
I heart you, Chet.

Chet Kincaid September 12, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Cocktails at the Nurembergs' are always gripping.

WhatTheHolyHeck September 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I had to stay offline this weekend for fear of going postal on otherwise well-meaning friends, most of whom did indeed post self-obsessed navel-gazing essays about how their lives changed utterly and how they personally suffered even though they were halfway across the country and didn't actually know anyone who'd died that day.

GunToting[Redacted] September 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I managed to mentally pixilate all those FB posts somehow and spent the day watching crappy movies.

JohnyEdge September 12, 2011 at 5:41 pm

We had to close our law office at noon. Do you know how much money that cost us? It was, indeed, a tragedy.

edgydrifter September 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm

9/11 changed nothing. People were dicks before. They still are. Ten years from now, guess what? More dicks.

BarackMyWorld September 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I'm talking morning, day, night, afternoon, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick, dick.
How many dicks is that? A lot.

Fare la Volpe September 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Sounds like my Friday.

Thank you! I'll be here all night!

AlterNewt September 12, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Rimshot. As it were.

mrblifil September 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm

What we need are better dicks.

Sharkey September 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm

What do you think, bags of salted dicks grow on trees?

Mumbletypeg September 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm

(who types in an armchair?)

Greer, what century are you marooned in. You have obviously never been engaged in an ipadside chat.

V572 T-Blow September 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm

The most irritating comment about 9/11 was that "America lost its innocence." What ignorant shithead doesn't know that America got its cherry popped when the first African debarked in Charleston or wherever it was?

BarackMyWorld September 12, 2011 at 4:46 pm

See also Americans, Native.

Fare la Volpe September 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm

See also Slavery, Chinese

Tommmcattt September 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

See also Lobotomies, Treatment of Homosexuality by

Fare la Volpe September 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm

See also Palin, Sarah

SorosBot September 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Here I thought The End of the Innocence was in 1989, by Don Henley.

Chet Kincaid September 12, 2011 at 4:57 pm

America's Magical Self-Healing Maidenhead is always getting popped by somethin'. That's why our favorite movie is "Forrest Gump", about some fucking moron stumbling through history.

SorosBot September 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Ugh god I hate that movie. Fuckin' reactionary baby boomers.

V572 T-Blow September 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Next most irritating comment, Vanity Fair edition: "9/11 meant the 'death' of 'irony.'"

zhubajie September 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Like the harlot in Proverbs, who "eats", wipes her "mouth" and says "I've done nothing wrong."

weejee September 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

There were 23 senators who voted nay on the Iraq War resolution. Yea for:

Akaka (D-HI), Bingaman (D-NM), Boxer (D-CA), Byrd (D-WV), Chafee (R-RI), Conrad (D-ND), Corzine (D-NJ), Dayton (D-MN), Durbin (D-IL), Feingold (D-WI), Graham (D-FL), Inouye (D-HI), Jeffords (I-VT), Kennedy (D-MA), Leahy (D-VT), Levin (D-MI), Mikulski (D-MD), Murray (D-WA), Reed (D-RI), Sarbanes (D-MD), Stabenow (D-MI), Wellstone (D-MN), and Wyden (D-OR). 21 D-Rats, 1 Repug, and 1 Indie.

BarackMyWorld September 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm

And a few of them are still in office. :(

WhatTheHolyHeck September 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Dick Durbin continues to be my hero. It's tragic he doesn't want the White House.

Radiotherapy® September 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Tx, weejee, I think these were the last 23 politicians I've had any respect for.

deanbooth September 12, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I remember W saying "This is not a vote for war, it is a vote for peace." (Because, um, he had not yet decided whether to start the war, and just needed the resolution for leverage against Saddam.)

Negropolis September 13, 2011 at 2:34 am

Michigan, represent.

prommie September 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

It was not nearly as life-changing as the Supreme Court's utterly lawless appointment of W to the presidency. You see, I am a lawyer, and as imperfect as the system is, I had thought it at least strove for actual "justice." But when the USSC did something so blatantly partisan, so completely unsupportable as to be illegal, it destroyed any belief I had in the legitimacy of our legal system at the highest levels.

DaRooster September 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

That… and they're a bunch of poo-poo heads… mostly that though.

FakaktaSouth September 12, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Between Dub and Citizens United, the SC can pretty much be blamed for everything. Just everything. Everything that sucks is ultimately Antonin Scalia's fault. Great big fucker.
I hope each football team hits the other football team hard in both games tonight because I am having aggression issues and as I am not really a hitter, I wanna yell and say oooh or something.

V572 T-Blow September 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm

First you have to listen to Hank Williams, Jr, "sing." As a result of insomniacal channel-surfing this morning, I can report to you that this "musical" performance was taped at an entity which styles itself "Full Sail University," which may or may not exist but does have a Web page at http://www.fullsail.edu/

Just want to help you work up your anger. Happy to help.

FakaktaSouth September 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Wow. That looks to be a more fun University than what I attended, but Jr could also be a professor at Alabama and no one would think twice. Hank's face looks like it is seceding from his union, from the mountains and aging and whatnot.
I can't wait, because I am in fact ready for some (more) football.

ShaveTheWhales September 12, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Is this the source of Full Sail Ale? 'Cause I kinda like that.

V572 T-Blow September 12, 2011 at 11:36 pm

It’s a university for-profit college and a microbrewery!

Katydid September 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I am still amazed that Scalia and Thomas got away with not recusing themselves, and that there wasn't a huge outcry about it. Most people don't even know that they should have. I get seriously angry when I think2 about it.

prommie September 13, 2011 at 10:54 am

I get angry when I read the opinion. I have been drunk ever since.

bflrtsplk September 12, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Let us never forget that today is 9/12.

AlterNewt September 12, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Thank you. Thank you.

MiniMencken September 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm

9/11 achieved pretty much everything Bin Laden wanted it to, thanks to Dick Cheney being President. Who writes about that?

GunToting[Redacted] September 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm

"Ferguson never mentions what the people of Iraq and Afghanistan might be up to right now had the attacks never happened."

Several thousand more of them would be walking around alive, so hey, overcrowding problem solved!

LettucePrey September 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Knock, knock!
Who’s there?
9/11
9/11 who?
I thought you said you’d NEVAR FORGIT!!

Wait, that’s only 14 words. Hmm. Back to the drawing board.

Bots Meat Commission September 12, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Orwell even got shot in the goddamn neck.

Orwell was the Peyton Manning of his time…

V572 T-Blow September 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Orwell could throw the long ball but had no mobility in the pocket. Manning's also slow on his feet but more of a dink-and-dunk kind of passer.

Bots Meat Commission September 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Orwell really screwed you over if you picked him high up in the 1931 International Socialists Fantasy Draft. In that case, you had to suck it up and start weak-ass Eugene V. Debs.

JohnyEdge September 12, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Orwell wrote the best line in all of literature:

"The anarchists are keeping order in Barcelona."

LetUsBray September 13, 2011 at 12:04 am

So… George Orwell and Harry Whittington both got shot above the shoulders by fascists.

V572 T-Blow September 12, 2011 at 4:46 pm

"You cannot use “fascism,” “Islamism,” or “Communism” as abstractions, without historical context." Okay, Ian, how's this?

Islamism (a set of ideologies holding that Islam is not only a religion but also a political system; that modern Muslims must return to the roots of their religion, and unite politically. Islamism is a controversial term and definitions of it sometimes vary. Leading Islamist thinkers emphasized the enforcement of sharia on Muslims; of pan-Islamic political unity; and of the elimination of non-Muslim, particularly western military, economic, political, social, or cultural influences in the Muslim world, which they believe to be incompatible with Islam) is a major problem in the Middle East today.

SayItWithWookies September 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

9/11 didn't change anything — our decision to live in fear and to encourage war crimes and to forget about adhering to the facts and that checks and balances doesn't mean having your toady lawyer write you an excuse to detain people indefinitely without charges, and to spy on all our people all the time and to give no-bid contracts to Dick Cheney's friends and to think our highest ideals are only meant for American citizens in times of peace — those fuckin' changed everything.

And the sooner we slough off this fascist rot the better.

hagajim September 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I remember 9/11 well…I changed…..my underwear, just like I change it every day. I also changed it on 9/11/11….hmmmm, maybe some kind of nefarious plot is afoot?

Seriously though – shit hitting the fan in NY was terrible, but we lose more Americans in car accidents every single year than we lost on 9/11…so where is all the angst about auto deaths?

finallyhappy September 12, 2011 at 5:52 pm

or gun deaths?

LetUsBray September 13, 2011 at 12:05 am

Excuse me, but those are FREEDOM deaths.

zhubajie September 12, 2011 at 7:07 pm

We lose more in car accidents on long holiday weekends! There were many 20th century battles that killed 10 times as many. But none of our media pigs and politicrooks have a sense of perspective.

Negropolis September 13, 2011 at 2:45 am

Maybe because death by accident and death by homicide are different things (for good reason)?

Tundra Grifter September 12, 2011 at 4:57 pm

"armchair intellectuals" – as opposed to those fightin' intellectuals, on the front lines of our current three wars?

V572 T-Blow September 12, 2011 at 5:20 pm

We shall fight in the faculty lounges, we shall fight on the op-ed pages or the letters-to-the-editor column, we shall fight in the cable access channels, we shall fight you in the think tanks; we shall never surrender.

Schmannnity September 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm

If only he had not died seven years later, I am sure Napoleon would have made the trip to Belgium to "remember, heal, and commemorate" Waterloo and build a museum, memorial, and memory wall of names on the tenth anniversary.

zhubajie September 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I think he did crank out a self-serving memoir. The Bushies have that much in common with him.

mrblifil September 12, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Wait I missed something, what happened on 9/11 again exactly?

LetUsBray September 13, 2011 at 12:07 am

Ask people in Chile that question.

fuflans September 12, 2011 at 5:02 pm

2001 had no facebook. 2001 had no twitter.

i wish 2001 would call us back.

hollywooddood September 12, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I like the part about how we didn't give in to fear, when every fucking thing in the last ten years has been in response to fear.

And so Cheney the Dick could make a shit load of money, also.

weejee September 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Fear fuels the folly of fetid fundamentalism. Also helpful in getting no-bid contracts to your former employer Hellsaburnin', Inc.

fuflans September 12, 2011 at 5:08 pm

did anyone read / remember anthony lane's review of 'phantom of the opera'? one of the most delightful things i've ever read beginning with:

What does it take to shake a movie fan? Whether we are critics or bug-eyed buffs, so many of our evenings are spent in the company of crimes and misdemeanors that we can hardly be blamed for developing the hide of a pachyderm. Just occasionally, something slips through—a thin shudder of monstrosity, enough to remind us of what it means to be afraid. And so it came about, this week, that I gazed at a black screen and saw words so calamitous that they might have been written in my own blood: “Screenplay by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Joel Schumacher.”

scrumptious.

Steverino247 September 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Well, let's see. My dog died that morning, curled up next to the tree he loved to pee on. My older son's honeymoon was spoiled by learning a high school friend was killed in one of the towers. His brother was home on leave for the wedding and I almost had to drive him back to his base in Louisiana because all the planes were grounded. He was eventually shot in the head in Iraq on 9/14/04 (THERE is a "never forget" date for you) but is doing pretty well, all things considered. My wife and I would have liked to avoid the behind-the-scenes tours of Walter Reed and various VA facilities since that date, although we met a lot of folks for whom the word "hero" does not do justice, all of whom were knowlingly lied to by their Commander-in-Chief. Yeah, that guy who still walks around free with that stupid smirk on his face. So, for the rest of my 500 word allotment, just repeat: "George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumseld are unindicted war criminals."

BlueStateLibel September 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Sometimes I wonder, though, did we actually "get through it"? Or maybe there was more in those planes than we knew, and we're all actually dead. And what we've got now – an insane Tea Party, corrupt government colluding with Wall Street, endless war, etc. – seems to indicate that if true, we're not exactly in the place with the Pearly Gates.

finallyhappy September 12, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I've often considered- well before 9/11/01- that this is hell.
Not because things were so horrible but that maybe Hell is pretty mediocre with occasional happiness popping through.

JackObin September 12, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I guees this means the fine American citizenry is in the mood to get all weepy about the 300,000 folks incinerated by Harry Truman in 1945, right?

HistoriCat September 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm

300,000 non-Americans, so no.

lochnessmonster September 12, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I'm glad Wonkette reads these things so I don't have to.

coron4 September 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Yes but the links should come with warnings. I could have happily missed Franzen for several more 9/11 ten-year anniversaries. Or at least while eating lunch.

anniegetyerfun September 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Zadie Smith wrote "White Teeth", so everything I need to know about her was already summed up in my burning hatred of that book.

Come here a minute September 12, 2011 at 5:52 pm

This decade of colossal brutality has left me ten years older. I demand a refund!

[Click this link to read the other 485 words of my spectacular essay.]

coron4 September 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Well @Come here a minute that's what I get for eating lunch instead of rushing to the internets! Hah! It's aged me, tragically, by ten years and fourteen minutes! And it's those last fourteen minutes that hurt the most!

rocktonsam September 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I hope President Bush jr. makes President W. Parry make 9/11 an annual Monday holiday.

Two 4 day back to back work weeks in September would be awesome.

I hope I'm working then.

NEVER FORGET!

zhubajie September 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm

At the time, I p'o'd many by noting that lots of other places get bombed too, so why not the USA? It's not as if we haven't spent the last couple generations making enemies everywhere.

HempDogbane September 12, 2011 at 6:49 pm

A few years ago I was visiting a friend and her computer was on Andrew Sullivan's blog. She said, "I just finished writing to him." I said I'd written a few times also, always angry stuff about his cheerleading for the Iraq invasion, and especially for his attitude toward those who opposed it. During a good part of those years I had someone I cared about serving in either Iraq or Afghanistan. I did a sort of my email for Sullivan's address when I got home and discovered I'd written him 62 times. So that's what I did during the decade, until I quit to write an occasional comment on Wonkette, which is equally satisfying and just as influential.

zhubajie September 12, 2011 at 6:51 pm

"what the war was actually about."

Bush playing Napoleon? And fucking it up, as per the rest of his useless life?

DahBoner September 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Remember me & you talking 'bout the time I couldn't remember?

Madonna!

devbelly September 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I think Roald Dahl wrote in an armchair AND he fought in the Second Wolrd War

AlterNewt September 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I live in a continuous, quivering state of fear of looking silly at dinner parties.

zhubajie September 12, 2011 at 11:48 pm

"what the war was actually about."
Bush proving he was a military genius, not a life-long fuck-up? Speeding up the Rapture? Cheney undoubtedly wanted to steal oil or gas or something. Rummie? War profits! Neo-cons: kill "lesser breeds outside the law", probably.

zhubajie September 12, 2011 at 11:49 pm

John Lee Hooker and Jorge Amado also died 9-11-2001. Predictably, these creative artists are forgotten today. :-(

freddymcmurray September 13, 2011 at 9:42 am

Apparently you've forgotten too. Neither Jorge Amado nor John Lee Hooker died on 9/11/2001. Look it up.

zhubajie September 14, 2011 at 8:48 am

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Beanball September 12, 2011 at 11:56 pm

In November of 2004 I started a blog, on which I complained and cursed and wrote about how we could change things for the better. Four hundred and twenty five posts later, things are even worse, and I am out of words to express my disgust.

So I'll just say, ten years after 9/11 and more than ever, Barack Obama is morally weak.

Gorillionaire September 13, 2011 at 2:01 am

Today the screen on the friggin ATM at my bank had a goddamn 9/11 tribute on it.

Negropolis September 13, 2011 at 2:08 am

Niall Ferguson is a truly contemptible man. I hate almost everything about him. His smugness and his shameless switch to a contrarian to get people to talk to him among the top reasons. I know many like him, but I find him to be the very (negative) stereotype of an "academic."

Oh, the essay. Almost forgot.

"9/11, freedumb, liberty, kill all evil doers, or brave men and women in uniform, nevah fohget"

Hope that will suffice.

LloydDrako September 13, 2011 at 10:06 am

It's a mistake to say 9/11 changed everything. You're supposed to say 9/11 changed everything F O R E V E R .

ttommyunger September 13, 2011 at 11:42 am

I started to read this Article, but I didn't know there would be so many……words. Oh well, USA, USA! BTW-and OT: Our SCOTUS has conferred "Personhood" on Corporations so now they can throw unlimited MegaBucks to our Candidates. Question: All persons have Citizenship. Has "Citizenship" also been bestowed on these enormously wealthy "persons"? If so, which Country? MegaCorps have extensive off-shore holdings and Headquarters. Isn't there a law against foreigners contributing to our Campaigns? Oh well, USA, USA!

102415 September 14, 2011 at 12:09 am

No.

Radiotherapy® September 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm

See also Stalin, going to bed with.

finallyhappy September 12, 2011 at 5:50 pm

yea, me, too-
and I didn't remember that.

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