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Barber's 'Adagio' Is Not The Saddest Music In The World : NPR
"What we're finding in our own work," she says, "is that the sort of story you hear in any particular excerpt of music says a lot about your background and the cultural world you had coming into that experience."
music  classical  classicalmusic  september11  dance  pop  history  aesthetics  story  culture 
9 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Pynchon Takes On Silicon Alley -
Mr. Pynchon, the secretive and widely followed author, is set to publish a new book titled “Bleeding Edge” that has Manhattan’s Silicon Alley as its setting, the publisher, Penguin Press, announced on Monday. The release date is Sept. 17.

The novel, set in 2001, takes place in “the lull between the collapse of the dot-com boom and the terrible events of September 11,” Penguin said in a release announcing its 2012 results.
nyc  technology  novels  writing  books  fiction  publishing  september11 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
“Why’s this so good?” No. 3: André Aciman on the geography of longing – Nieman Storyboard - A project of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
Every time I reread “Shadow Cities” I bring to it my own memories, and something new in the piece stands out. This time it is this sentence, which comes after Aciman has chronicled all the places he’s reminded of when he sits in Straus Park. He’s talking about Rome and Paris and Amsterdam, and then he writes: “This, I think, is when I started to love, if love is the word for it, New York.”

We see the words “I love New York” a lot, but it’s a bumper-sticker sentence. It’s for tourists, for export. I love how Aciman’s sentence unfolds conditionally – how “love” is questioned, how it and New York are separated. It feels honest to love New York the way Aciman does, to call the defunct fountain in Straus Park a “septic sandbox” but sit by it day after day just the same and mourn it when you think it’s gone.
nyc  newyork  memory  reading  travel  essay  september11  story  writing  beauty  cities  language 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Steve Reich revisits tragedy with 'WTC 9/11'
The three-movement piece opens with a violin drone in F, the note a phone makes when left off the hook. The strings then amplify recorded voices, edited to evocative sentences. They include the voice of the first ambulance driver to arrive at the World Trade Center and an air traffic controller who rhythmically utters, "No contact with the pilot, no contact with the pilot whatsoever."

Reich acquired the voices of emergency officials from public-domain sources. He also made recordings of those who lived near the World Trade Center, including his son's neighbor, who eerily states in the piece, "Suddenly it was black outside."
classicalmusic  classical  music  songwriting  wtc  september11  nyc 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
SCIFI.COM / Tribute
Science fiction writers' responses to the September 11 attacks
september11  911  sciencefiction  essay  writing 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Is the Orient an invention? - Telegraph
"According to Said, a cluster of assumptions and commonly held beliefs (touching on everything from the spice trade to ideas of Oriental despotism, sensuality and splendour) dominate Western perceptions of the East."
theory  academia  middleeast  culture  europe  terrorism  september11 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge / Comment & analysis / Comment - Know, rather than imagine, your enemy
"It would be neat if the world were divided between freedom-loving democrats without a thought of aggression and murderous totalitarians, heirs of Hitler, bent on imposing their will. Yet this clearly is not the case."
afghanistan  iraq  usa  politics  middleeast  terrorism  september11  identity  aesthetics  power 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
U.S. Tour Industry Focuses on Foreigners --
"It's a perception issue. It's very easy for the negative stories to get, No. 1, blown out of proportion and, No. 2, to spread far and wide."
immigration  travel  transportation  newyork  nyc  terror  terrorism  september11 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Al Qaeda Reader. - By Reza Aslan - Slate Magazine
"[I]f we are truly locked in an ideological war, as the president keeps reminding us, then our greatest weapons are our words. And thus far, instead of fighting this war on our terms, we have been fighting it on al-Qaida's."
terror  politics  books  nonfiction  writing  bush  usa  aesthetics  september11  president 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Only Halfway There
"The only way one can effectively address this problem today and get an immediate kick is by raising the price at the pump and keeping it there [...] The best monument to 9/11 we could erect would be a mountain of crushed gas guzzlers."
democrats  september11  oil  energy  politics  cars  suv  saudiarabia  iraq  middleeast  mideast 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
No One Says ‘9/11.’ No One Needs To. - New York Times
"Works that take an unspoken approach to 9/11 assume that no one needs to be reminded of what happened; that ignores the possibility that maybe no one wants to."
september11  terror  cinema  film  television  nyc  creativity  memory 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: A Portrait of Bush as a Victim of His Own Certitude
“What the president says in effect is, We’ve got to press on in honor of the memory of those who have fallen. Another way to say that is we’ve got to have more men fall to honor the memories of those who have already fallen.”
iraq  september11  911  president  bush  books  nonfiction  interviews 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
The Phoenix: Bring it on
“This is a crime scene. No photography.” “Fuck them. They can’t stop me. They can’t stop photography. No photography meant no history.”
photography  911  september11  media  journalism  nyc  wtc 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
The New Yorker: The World after 9/11
"We were attackable. And so our enemies lost their respect for all of our billions of dollars’ worth of hardware."
911  september11  terrorism  usa  europe  afghanistan  iraq  iran  lebanon  war  politics 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 09/11/2006 | Diverted flight lands at SFO
"They found an unattended bag. They landed to have it checked out. This is fairly routine. You know, they pay special attention to this kind of thing all the time, not just today. It's part of your security routine."
sfo  airport  911  september11  contracostatimes  atlanta  dallas  texas 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: More Muslims Arrive in U.S., After 9/11 Dip
"The rise does not reflect relaxed security measures, but a higher number of visa applications and greater efficiency in processing them, said Chris Bentley, a spokesman for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, part of Homeland Security."
islam  immigration  usa  religion  education  september11  identity  culturalstudies  women 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: Comic-book duo re-create unlikely story: 9/11
"The book will be based on news reports, and we hope to have it done within the next year. It's the next step in what I like to call graphic journalism — reporting with words and pictures."
journalism  september11  media  books  story 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: A Post-9/11 Identity Shift
"I have a few deferred dreams of my own, like learning to fly, or buying a rifle to go deer hunting with friends. But I can't do either of those things without worrying about being reported to authorities. Non-Muslims can do those things. We can't."
identity  islam  usa  california  aesthetics  september11  public  social  religion  losangeles  palestine  ethnicity  immigration 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Eleventh of Never
"You can never go back and pick up where you left off. Such an enormous event doesn't just postpone or divert things; it upsets everything kind of forever. It's as if life starts all over."
september11  terrorism  911 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Dangerous Characters
"[...] Terror, for its spectators if not for its direct victims, is a visual phenomenon, where the novel is verbal and interior. And then the novel -- as goes without saying, but is most important of all -- doesn't kill anyone."
books  terrorism  september11  fiction  911 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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