Sunday, 9/11/11

by musicclipoftheday

Steve Reich, WTC 9/11 (2010), excerpts
Kronos Quartet, with prerecorded tape

1st Movement 

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3rd Movement

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reading table

They jumped from the burning floors—
one, two, a few more,
higher, lower.

The photograph halted them in life,
and now keeps them
above the earth toward the earth.

Each is still complete,
with a particular face
and blood well hidden.

There’s enough time
for hair to come loose,
for keys and coins
to fall from pockets.

They’re still within the air’s reach,
within the compass of places
that have just now opened.

I can do only two things for them—
describe this flight
and not add a last line.

—Wislawa Szymborska, “Photograph from September 11” (trans. Clare Cavanagh & Stanislaw Baranczak)


Barbarism is not the prehistory of humanity but the faithful shadow that accompanies its every step.

—Alain Finkielkraut, Le mécontemporain, (epigraph, Clive James, As of This Writing: The Essential Essays, 1968-2002 [2003])