For any of the commenters who are saying this was too soon, be aware that there was other development in the area of the site, including train stations that needed to be rebuilt and repaired. The tower is going up, other buildings have gone up. Leaving holes in the ground, which were unsafe to be in…which remember some people wanted, was not an option as development of the rest of the site was interdependent. If a memorial and museum were going to be built on the footprints of the old towers, then it had to go forward as the rest of the site was being built. This is a great piece btw. I really thought it was more nuanced and thoughtful than many of the others.
Response to Amanda Palmer Writes “A Poem For Dzhokhar”:
If it’s about more thanIthink, thanIguess my thinking is it’s incredibly patronizing and white privileged. At the same time as presentingasoftball, unquestioning sort of sympathy towardsaperson who willingly, violently, pointlessly murdered and maimed others. Did you see the part about not knowing how many Vietnamese soft rolls to order, or accepting 2% milk when you didn’t want it. Because this is relevant to becomingaterrorist or perhapsaself important artist? Is that how it’s about more, is that how it’s related to empathy? And why should we empathize with someone who, for all we know, might have found his actions pleasurable.