Remembering 9/11

Today, as I invigilated in the exam hall, I remembered what happened 10 years ago, when the twin towers collapse happened just in the middle of my Preliminary examinations.

For a moment, nothing seemed as important. We were all pulled away from our books, from our usual anxiety about our ‘paper the next day’ to watch the footage on the news and find out what exactly happened. That precise feeling is impossible to describe or imagine, but I recall that feeling very clearly and vividly today. It was a mix of shock, disbelief, grief, confusion, fear and more.

In the midst of all the various 9/11 features and articles, here are some online features which I thought were informative and thought-provoking in their own remarkably creative ways:

  • A look at today’s 9/11 anniversary newspaper visuals

    This compilation, by Charles Apple, contains some of the most visually stunning and horrific ‘cover pages’ from various newspapers and magazines yesterday.

    The first image from the Plain Dealer was just…. breath-taking and so powerful:

    You must click on the link yourself to see more! There are so many other representations there that you can just spend an hour reading everything. The News+Views one and Albuquerque Journal cover page are others that are truly amazing.

  • The September Eleventh Project
    The writer of this blog started on September 2010 and composed a poem each day about 9/11.

    The poems/verses are so brief yet so evocative and haunting. Day 364 was indeed powerful. It will take you less than an hour to read the entire collection of poems/verses, but the images left behind are just so profound.

  • I’m Glad We didn’t have Facebook or Twitter during 9/11 by Cord Jefferson
    “That’s the real problem with attempting to make sense of 9/11 using social media: the former requires deep thought while the latter feeds on immediacy. Ten years and millions of articles after 9/11, we’re still trying to come to terms with what happened that day.” 

    – It’s true. 9/11 is truly one global event which changed the world, yet nobody has fully grasped or understood what it means. I read another article which spoke about how even now, 10 years after 9/11, there has not been a definitive novel or movie which can fully capture its impact.