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And said 9/11 might eventually turn in to that kind of tragedy/entertainment? Here’s a Titanic slide Burger King made.  

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“Burning from the inside”

I don’t generally judge a book by it’s cover, but I definitely judge them by their titles. I really wanted to at least mention this book to everyone. I don’t know how many of you have heard about it, but this summer I definitely plan to read Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCaan. […]

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Art is Art

I didn’t really pull myself together so well for my second presentation. It wasn’t as much of a mess as my first, but it still wasn’t where it should have been. I got called out for not doing what JGB had told me to do the last time: figure out exactly what I was arguing […]

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Art and 9/11

Throughout all my years as a student, I have been asked the question: What is Art? It seems like the universal answer to this question is that it is a form of expression, and as seen in this class, expression is often needed during times of tragedy. September 11, 2001 was a horrible date for […]

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Thank you, class

I just had one of those “I just need to start over” moments. My post was all over the place. I don’t know how much more together this one will be, but I’ll do what I can. I wanted to briefly talk about this class and how valuable it has been for me. I will […]

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About all of it, and broadly, because that is how I’ve been thinking about it: in broad terms. And think about it I certainly have. In fact — and I do not mean this in any hard core academic sense (though maybe I should profess otherwise) — I’ve thought and spoken about this class far […]

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As you know, throughout the semester we were recommended books by our professor, and sometimes, fellow students. About mid-way through the semester, I started keeping track of our reading list. Eventually, it morphed into a list of songs, movies, and tv shows, too. The following is that list. Kate Chopin, The Awakening, what it’s about here […]

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The Next Generation

Throughout the course of this year, I have certainly learned one thing: September 11, 2001 is not a date in history, it is a date that is still very much ‘alive’ in the hearts of Americans. Although this year was the 10th anniversary, and  a valid reason to celebrate, or rather commemorate, it still seems odd to me that 9/11 is as widely […]

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The Inside Job

When I first started my presentation on 9/11 conspiracy theories, I was a little uncomfortable. While it was a subject I was interested in learning more about – admittedly I’m kind of weird and love learning about things like this – I also felt horribly un-American. Maybe I’m too quick to place trust in authority, […]

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9/11 Elegies

Warning: This post will be long. To start, I began my project with the crazy notion that I could speak for twenty minutes on what an elegy was and why it had anything to do with 9/11 specifically. I ended up google-ing “9/11 elegies” and finding a wide variety of mediums. A lot of people […]

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Ratings Are What It’s All About

The TV show “All-American Muslim” was a reality show on TLC that showcased five Muslim families living in Dearborn, Michigan, one of the largest Muslim communities in the country. It aimed to show how Muslims were normal Americans and dispel some of the “Islamophobia.” This seems especially apparent in one of the show’s taglines, “One […]

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…and a very fast three years they’ll be. Keeping that in mind, this post is meant to contain some advice for you all on how best to take advantage of the time you have left here at Sweet Briar. I’ve learned a lot from observing and (occasionally) teaching this class, not only about how to […]

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While listening to “You’re Missing” in class on Tuesday, I didn’t really think it was addressed to a specific person. I felt like he was addressing everybody who had lost somebody in the attacks. The lyrics, “Shirts in the closet, shoes in the hall, Mama’s in the kitchen, baby and all…” and some of the […]

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9/11 Memorial

We briefly talked in class about what the 9/11 memorial means to us now and what it will symbolize in the future, and why people visit memorials. I have a few thoughts on these points and I hope others will chime in. I believe that for those of us who are old enough to have […]

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I’ll admit, I couldn’t help myself from doing a bit of research! Here is an interesting article discussing Sex and the City‘s response to 9/11. The article mostly repeats a lot of what we heard yesterday, but it also mentions that the producers decided that an episode with military members in it counted as a tribute. (I’ve […]

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So the title for this post is actually from The Submission, however the focus is on The Zero. I just wanted to write a short post, basically to see if anyone else felt the same way I did. While reading The Zero I couldn’t help but feel like it was making fun of the tragedy of […]

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Divided We Fall

I wanted to follow up on my chat about Sikhism with this video. This documentary takes a look at the aftermath of 9/11. Divided We Fall

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Diagnosing Oskar

Kasey got me thinking about Oskar and the way he thinks. She, and others agreed, that he has some disturbing and sad thoughts. I found his thoughts to be normal considering his circumstances (father’s death, 9/11, new unknown male in his life), but I definitely do see that they may be absent in a happy […]

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Stalked by Young Werther

Over the weekend, I was innocently reading my book of William Carlos Williams poems and their translations when I found an allusion to The Sorrows of Young Werther. I don’t particularly feel like commenting on the allusion right now, but I will include the poem, which is actually by José Asunción Silva. THE DISEASE OF THE […]

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One of the things we discussed in class was the possibility of looking at this book as an authority in some sphere such as the social, political, psychological, or scientific. I hadn’t even considered this as an option for interpretation until then, but doing so helped me recognize that the first time I was able […]

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Procrastination Fascination

My finest skill is procrastination. I’ve had years of practice to work on perfecting the art of not doing what I’m supposed to. So today I’m scrolling through one of my most frequented procrastination websites, Iwastesomuchtime.com and found this: http://iwastesomuchtime.com/on/?i=28552. I think it’s odd to go back through the media of early 2000 and 2001 […]

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Detached? Or Way Too Close?

The 9/11 Report reads very similarly to a novel. This was obviously a very thoroughly  thought-out decision, but what was its importance? I live and breathe books, but unfortunately not ‘intellectual books.’ I live for fictional stories that take me to another world and another time, somewhere so I can forget about my hectic life, at […]

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When I first read the opening paragraph to the 9/11 Report, I thought it sounded like a children’s book. Now, after rereading it a few times, I think it is better classified as a dramatic, documentary opener. I can just hear the narrator from “Law and Order” reading the paragraph while scenes of New York, D.C, […]

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New York Firefighters

In response to the brief discussion on firefighters today, I was reminded of an oral archive I came across when working on my oral report. In Memoriam, Firefighters is a recording from 1992 in which Fire Chief William Feehan discusses the culture and traditions of New York Firefighters. The Chief was killed on September 11th when the tower […]

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Jasmin Darznik reading today

Today at 4:30 p.m. Iranian-born writer Jasmin Darznik will read from her book The Good Daughter: A Memoir of my Mother’s Hidden Life in the Browsing Room at Cochran Library. The reading is free and open to the public. Jasmin Darznik lives in Charlottesville and teaches English and creative writing at Washington and Lee University. She received her Ph.D. in […]

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Is Changez an American?

One of the ideas that we talked about in class was that the narrator of The Reluctant Fundamentalist is difficult to characterize as either American or outsider because throughout the novel he accepts or rejects different aspects of what it means to be an American. He presents himself to the stranger as an outsider – a […]

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Poker Face

“He wasn’t playing for the money. He was playing for the chips. The value of each chip had only hazy meaning. It was the disk itself that mattered, the color itself.”~ Falling Man by Don DeLillo page 228 It is strange that in light of the struggle and grief survivors of 9/11 went through that […]

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Lost and Alone

“Kieth Used to want more of the world than there was time and means to acquire. He didn’t want this anymore, whatever it was he’d wanted, in real terms, real things, because he’d never truly known. Now he wondered whether he was born to be old, meant to be old and alone, content in lonely […]

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Peter Balakian’s Ziggurat

Peter Balakian is a poet and nonfiction writer who was born and raised in New Jersey, the son of Armenian parents. His works of nonfiction includes the memoir Black Dog of Fate as well as The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response. His poetry collections include June-tree: New and Selected Poems 1974-2000 and, most recently, Ziggurat. […]

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