This volume covers December 2001 to December 2003
Selections from the text:
March 11, 2002 – Evening
Night must fall. Break out of a script meeting with Tobias to watch the advent of the “towers of light,” the great plugging-in of the amaterial memorial. From his office, the two of you walk south to 22nd where the highway shifts southeast and the sightlines open onto an unobstructed view of the Lower Manhattan massif. It was from this vantage six months ago that much of the neighborhood witnessed the collapse.
It’s a relatively clear evening and the dual bluish beams carry quite a distance upward before fading out. But there’s a good deal of ambient light, so the effect is static, indefinite. Difficult to see the shafts as fully distinct from one another. Choppers circle about their overspill. Tobias thinks they look like anti-aircraft spotlights. Perhaps. On the way back to his office, you pass two fellows, workers from a warehouse, who’ve paused to stare up at the display. As they turn away, one says, “probably looks better from Jersey.”
April 2, 2003 – Early Morning
Crazy man talking on 22nd Street: “My television carries a club, and it beats me if I don’t turn it on.”