On September 11

Evan Smith Rakoff

In light of the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001, and the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum occurring this Sunday, we present here a collection of recent articles and personal essays that attempt to illuminate these events through the written word:

"Beyond Grief and Grievance: The poetry of 9/11 and its aftermath." (Poetry Foundation)

A consideration of the September 11 memorial. (New Yorker)

Salon names the most "shameful and embarrassing" works of fiction published about the tragedy.

The Daily Beast discusses the poetry of Adam Zagajewski, whose poem “Try to Praise the Mutilated World” appeared shortly after 9/11 and captured the feeling of that historical moment.

The Millions today published two articles: "Strange Flights," a remembrance by Christopher Schaberg, a former airport worker turned writer; and "Severe Clear," a personal essay by novelist Holly LeCraw.

An interview with former New York Times reporter and debut novelist, Amy Waldman, author of The Submission, which the Financial Times called “the best 9/11 novel to date.” (Daily Beast)

inReads excerpts the recently published memoir of Lauren Manning, a survivor of the 9/11 attacks and former executive at Cantor Fitzgerald.

The reminiscences of a former national guardsman who enlisted before 9/11 to help pay for college and later served in Afghanistan. (Slate)