Commentary: The Way We Memorialize Now

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Bruce Springsteen's The Rising may or may not be to 9/11 what Picasso's Guernica was to the Spanish Civil War. But it's a terrific rock-and-roll record — and, miraculously, it's a rock-and-roll record, of all things, that deals with the nightmare of 3000 murdered Americans in ways that are evocative and moving and complicated.