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The Passing of Time

“These are the days after. Everything now is measured by after.” –Falling Man, page 138 This short passage comes about halfway through the book and briefly states one of the novel’s main themes, the passage of time. Throughout the entire novel, everything is compared to how it was before. 9/11 changes some aspects of the characters’ lives, […]

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Arrogance?

Has anyone else ever heard about something terrible happening to a person and wondered why she reacted the way she did, and even thought that maybe you would have handled the situation better? Earlier this year, I heard about a young woman who was forced at gunpoint into the trunk of her car and kidnapped. […]

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Follow the Arc

Every day is different and every day presents its own challenges and worries. Sometimes these worries follow us from day to day. We find ourselves losing ourselves in these worries. Our minds wander off on tangents of worry. Lianne’s mind is doing this constantly. She jumps from worry to worry–always something to think about. She […]

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Nightmare

It will end, eventually, but not yet. It seems never ending. It devours you. You want to scream, run, curl into a tiny ball, cry, and disappear all at once. You don’t know what to do, because you are no longer in control. You don’t want to feel this way. Nobody ever wants to feel […]

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WTC 9/11 and “Falling Man”

The beginning of Falling Man paints a haunted picture of the event of 9/11 as one of the main characters, Keith, walks through the chaos of it. The debris and rubble are falling around him as people run past. It is a very chaotic scene. While listening to Steve Reich’s “WTC 9/11,” I was reminded […]

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Like Snow

In the first chapter of Don DeLillo’s Falling Man, the reader is immediately immersed in the mutedly horrific daze that is Keith’s trek away from the falling twin towers.  It’s a shambling walk that becomes the world while, coolly, the narrator clarifies that “The world was this as well, figures in windows a thousand feet […]

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