Martin Amis looks at the post-9/11 world
The Second Plane:
September 11: Terror and Boredom
by Martin Amis
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Last fall, as the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks neared, the New York Times did something that I confess I would have thought it impossible for the newspaper of record in the city of Ground Zero to do for a few years yet: It ran a piece on its front page suggesting that we may have been overcommemorating the foul event. "I may sound callous, but doesn't grieving have a shelf life?" Charlene Correia, a nursing supervisor from Acushnet, Massachusetts, admitted to correspondent N. R. Kleinfield, who used her words as the first (and thus emblematic) quote of the article. "We're very sorry and mournful that people died, but there are living people. Let's wind it down."
In the interest of balance, quotes from those who lost loved ones in the attacks were interposed, and understandably, they felt differently.
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