September 11, 2011

Ghosts

Ten years on, and I still haven't returned, despite having had several opportunities. Not only would it be unrecognisable now, but I don't want to feel the ghosts being squeezed out by self-regard and self-absorption. We so often do to shared memory what they did to the wreckage of the towers (and often enough for much the same reasons).

(I'm always deeply suspicious of making too much meaning from events like this: it's not usually the big events that signal things about society or politics, it's the reaction to the mundane (and what constitutes "mundane") that says it all more eloquently).

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