‘Some of them dug for answers in the mess, but the rest were looking for trouble.’

It being 9/11 and all, I’ve seen the requisite “Never Forget”’s and calls for the blessing of a certain country from capital-G God and the linking to of new think pieces written to—commemorate, I guess?

I don’t know. I thought it would be more useful, and maybe even more helpful, to link to a couple of things that were created in the moment:

“Tuesday, and After,” compiled by The New Yorker:

In the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, New Yorker staff writers and contributors reflect on the tragedy and its consequences. This week’s Talk of the Town is devoted entirely to the incident, and includes contributions from John Updike, Jonathan Franzen, Denis Johnson, Roger Angell, Aharon Appelfeld, Rebecca Mead, Susan Sontag, Amitav Ghosh, and Donald Antrim.

“Fear & Loathing in America,” by Hunter S. Thompson:

It will be a Religious War, a sort of Christian Jihad, fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics on both sides. It will be guerilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy.

And finally, (lyrics here) Sage Francis’ “Makeshift Patriot”: