Writing for Our Post-9/11 Times: Part II
Huffington Post - over 2 years
What is a serious writer to do in a culture going off the rails, decadent, un-serious? Sometimes it's not your own volition that decides the way forward, but external events, History. The terrorist attacks of 9/11 -- the shock, the deaths, the tragedy -- decided it for me. From our apartment high on Connecticut Avenue in the nation's capital, we could see the Pentagon on fire, filling the sky with black smoke. In that moment of truth I knew: I did not want merely to react, to respond to that historic day as a playwright, dramatizing how fearful we all felt. No, I wanted to act, help make sense of whatever was coming at us next, be a voice of reason in what I felt would be a time of fear and confusion. Turning points can turn you around, totally. I wrote an essay titled "Reinventing normalcy," submitted it to The Christian Science Monitor-- and spent the next eight years contributing commentary there. Over time my editors and I scoped out my beat, a capacious one -- politics, cul...
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