This blog covers everything except sports and gardening, unless we find a really good link about using dead professional bowlers for mulch. The author is a StarTribune columnist, has been passing off fiction and hyperbole as insight since 1997, has run his own website since the Jurassic era of AOL, and was online when today’s college sophomores were a year away from being born. So get off his lawn.

The planes all came down

Posted by: James Lileks Updated: September 11, 2013 - 12:31 PM

I don’t remember the time, exactly; the whole day blurred into one long raw smear of confusion and dismay. But the planes came over my house one after the other, as everything was grounded. Silence the rest of the day. One lone jet droning overhead in circles when night fell. In this part of town you’re happy when the planes stop, but on that day it was like the pause right before something else hits, hard.

Slate has a piece on the first victim of 9/11: one of the architects of the medium that would explode in the next few hours, and prove that TV wasn’t enough anymore.

If such a thing happened today, by the way, it would be up on YouTube in HD in minutes, with hundreds of different angles. There would be footage from trapped people, uploaded from phones. May we never get to see what the 9/11 attack would be like through social media - and not just because reddit would be full of looping GIFs of planes going into buildings.

An homage to the aftermath.

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