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Part three of our Decade 9/11 series of conversations: Writer Jonathan Safran Foer in conversation with his brother Franklin Foer, editor-at-large for The New Republic.
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Answer to the question: where will you be on the tenth anniversary? I will go to my local firehouse which lost six firemen on 9/11. Each time I pass by that house I recite under my breath the names of those brave fireman. Don't forget.
Wonderful conversation, but we have really nailed the coffin shut on English grammar when Frank said, "conversation between Jonathan and I."
You don't have to be superhuman to be able to control emotions such as anger. There are very simple buddhist teachings which can help one be a lot more in control of their emotions. What's more difficult is people's willingness and dedication to practice even simple meditative techniques.
Writer Barbara Klein Moss wrote this about the title story in my collection "At Home Anywhere": "...the central tension of the post-9/11 age (is) how to maintain an open heart and mind in a climate of constant vigilance and fear."
That effort remains challenging, and necessary.
["At Home Anywhere" is published by New Rivers Press, with Distribution by Consortium. It's available online at Powell's and amazon.com]
Could someone explain what Iraq had to do with 9/11??
I am an English professor at Baruch College, and we are reading your book as our freshman text, and I am teaching it in my course. It is fascinating that the freshman I have this year are the same age as Oskar. I'm wondering how to approach it with them. ps love "what about a tea kettle"
How about a visual depiction of 9-11 -- even though you guys aren't art critics -- has any artist captured the incredible visual terrain of 9-11? I believe it would require a great talent, in photography or painting/sculpture/drawing to reach the heights of depiction that 9-11 calls for. I think a singular, iconic image or series of images will emerge.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is a personal favorite.
I'm interested in Jonathan's use of the page of a book as a medium of expression (i.e., photos, letters running together, pages of numbers, etc.). In his view, how does this enhance the story of 9/11? Also, how involved is his wife in this type of expression as she has many similar forms of expression in her writing.
I think we can be very grateful that 9/11 wasn't worse: 50,000 people worked at the WTC, and it was struck during the day and only 3,000 people died. The towers were meant to fall over, killng and injuring hundreds of thousands or more, but they stood long enough for everyone below the crash site to get out, and then they collapsed on themselves only. Remarkable. And the Pentagon had just gone under reconstruction and only about half the people were in that section that would normally have been there.
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