October 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm (Recommended)
Tags: California, Events, Fridays, invitations, jobs, politics
Make Wall Street Pay
Jobs not Cuts
Friday in San Mateo
Host: Cilla R., MoveOn member
Where: Bridge at Alameda de las Pulgas and Highway 92 (in San Mateo)
When: Friday, Oct. 14, 4 p.m.
Can you come?
What: The media is finally starting to pay attention to the tens of thousands of people demanding Wall Street pay to create jobs, not cuts. This is our chance to push for policies that work for the 99% of us who can’t afford lobbyists. Whether protesting banks not paying their fair share, rallying for jobs, or standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, we’ll amplify our message for politicians: jobs now — make Wall Street pay!
October 10, 2011 at 6:12 am (Artists and Writers)
Tags: 9/11, essay, New York, The New Yorker
Like many people, I watched 9/11 on television from a thousand miles away. Also like many people, I found myself asking, among the dozens of terrified questions that crossed my mind, Do I know anyone who works in the World Trade Center? I was pretty sure that I didn’t. And I was about to relax ever so slightly and guiltily, when I suddenly remembered — wait a minute — that my brother worked there. Or had. He’d been there during the first bombing, in 1993, and I wasn’t certain whether the state administrative office he worked for was still situated there.
It turned out that his office had moved just across the street. My brother was in the W. T. C. subway station when the first tower was hit and, after the second one was hit and the adjacent buildings were evacuated, my brother, covered in ash, and unreachable by anyone, walked eight hours home to Queens. The next day? He returned to work and sat there at his desk for two hours, waiting for others to show up — until at last it became clear that not a single other person was going to. And so he left. The cough he already possessed became permanently worse.
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The world is resilient . . . no matter what interruptions occur, people so badly want to return to their lives and get on with them. A veneer of civilization descends quickly . . .
Could the above possibly have anything to do with what Hannah Arendt, in Eichmann in Jerusalem, calls “the banality of evil”? For instance, the way in which the Nazi guards kept such detailed daily records of movements of prisoners here and there, the idea of creating a bureaucracy of pain, the playing of classical music after mass murder, etc.? Were these the Nazis’ attempt to create for themselves a “fictional normal”? (Self, what are you on about now? Why does a phrase like “the fictional normal” suddenly cause you to make a transcendent leap to the “banality of evil”?)
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.