A certain pop star who has no right to be, in light of his outrageous and offensive behavior over the years, recently showed off a neck tattoo of what looks like a battered woman who may or may not be his ex-girlfriend. It is an act that only confirms his sub-humanity, his despicablity, his worthlessness.
Fortunately, there are better people in the world than this.
After Paul Krugman said the anniversary of Sept. 11 was an “occasion for shame” yesterday, bloggers and pundits sprang to action, one accusing the New York Times columnist of being a “smug coward,” others asking if the “hack” should be fired.
The French expatriates of Manhattan, at least the ones not occupied with fashion week, gathered last night for a Patti Smith concert at Webster Hall. The concert honored the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. The show was free, recorded by France’s Inter Radio for broadcast tonight in Europe.
Amy Waldman did not read most of the 9/11 novels before she started writing her own. DeLillo, Amis, Updike, Foer—she didn’t need to read them. Ms. Waldman was in New York on the day itself, in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the U.S. invasion and in South Asia as the United States dug in to combat in Iraq. Having watched the new world order evolve both here and abroad, the book that she eventually decided to write is more a synthesis of her firsthand experience as a reporter than an examination of collective memory. But what’s remarkable about her new counterfactual novel about the World Trade Center, The Submission, is that it will likely be remembered as one of the first satires of post-9/11 New York City: a place where tragedy is exploited by the ambitious and powerful to self-interested ends.
In his column today, the Post‘s Steve Cuozzo (the 100th most powerful man in real estate) suggested that New Yorkers retire the phrase “ground zero,” and let the term become–like bin Laden and the chaos surrounding the WTC’s reconstruction–a thing of the past.
“To stand at Church and Vesey streets,” Cuozzo says, “is to Read More
Rudy Giuliani is so frequently mocked for his constant references to the September 11th terrorist attacks that the practice has become cliché, but all the same he keeps making them, and in such an over-the-top way that it almost implies he’s in on the joke.
Last night, for instance, a harmless question Read More
In his nearly 24 years as president of the powerful Real Estate Board of New York, Steven Spinola has rarely seen his members so riled up. “They’re saying to me, ‘You’ve got to stop this, you can’t let it happen.’”
The commotion: the Obama administration’s plan to hold its 9/11 terror trial Read More
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, is no ordinary criminal. He is a bloodthirsty terrorist who happily took responsibility for the deaths of more than 2,700 people, and who surely is disappointed that the death toll wasn’t higher.
The Obama administration has decided to bring Mohammed to New York to stand Read More
The loudest voices on the right never tire of telling us that they are the truest patriots. They claim to be the deepest believers in our system, the strongest defenders of our Constitution, the most upbeat, bold and courageous Americans anywhere. But now that the government is finally prepared to put the perpetrators of the Read More
As the jumbotron on 125th Street showed CNN announcing that Barack Obama is leading in Florida, the crowd here cheered.
But 27-year-old arts administrator Daisy Rosario of Harlem pressed a blue Obama poster over her mouth and tried not to cry.
"The last eight years have been awful," she said. "On September 11, Read More