I hardly know where to begin to talk about the stories and slideshows and commentaries I’ve been reading for the past couple of days about the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. We’ll be talking a lot in class on Tuesday about what the Missourian did, but there was much to appreciate in the New York Times.
For example, listen to the cadence of the writing in this piece, which turns an “event story” into a kind of poetry (and talk about a powerful ending).
Dan Barry’s piece on the strange mementos of that terrible day is beautifully written and powerfully complemented by a slideshow of the objects people in the story describe. It’s one of the articles in the special section the New York Times called “The Reckoning.” I also read every word of the story about a neighborhood in Queens that was hard-hit by 9/11 casualties and then again, not long after, by the crash of an airliner.
The presentation of this work on the New York Times website is elegant and usable, in my opinion (though I don’t think I’m in love with “The Reckoning” — sounds like the name of a sci-fi film).
And guess how many people responded to the New York Times’ question, “Where were you on September 11, 2001?” More than 35,000.
USA Today went for a very somber look and tone.
The Washington Post did a series called “Nine Lives, 10 Years Later,” and I was overwhelmed by the length of these stories. I think I found through them my own personal limit on 9/11 profiles. It would seem that memorials like these are an opportunity for the worst kind of overwriting, not just in length but in prose-style.
There’s only so much reading one person can do in one day (especially when it’s a gorgeous 74 degrees outside) so tell me what you liked or didn’t like in the coverage of this anniversary. Share links, please!