With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaching, it seems like everyone's going big with reminiscences of the day and reflections on the events that followed. There are memorial editions of magazines, newspaper packages, television specials, and expert panels galore -- all remembering, debating, and ruminating on where we've come in the decade since. And, of course, we're not immune to this moment of reflection here at Foreign Policy. But to help you sift through the mea culpas, I-told-you-so's, we-should-have-knowns -- and the obligatory photo essays, memoirs, and in-depth packages -- here are some of the highlights from this week of 9/11 coverage. We'll be adding more commentary and best/worst picks throughout the week:
The most ambitious multimedia project of the anniversary is probably New York magazine's The Encyclopedia of 9/11, a collection of the events, people, and ideas associated with that day. The encyclopedia covers everything Abbottabad (the "pastoral deathplace of a terrorist mastermind") to Zazi, Najibullah ("the face of terrorism to come?"). In between, there's airport security and freedom fries, the reform of Islam and the return of Saturday Night Live, "Let's roll" and "never forget." It's an effort to encompass both the major themes of the last ten years and the small tidbits readers may have forgotten. The package includes contributions from FP Editor in Chief Susan Glasser and Afpak Channel editor Peter Bergen.
Accompanying the encyclopedia is Frank Rich's reflections on the past decade:
Now, ten years later, it's remarkable how much our city, like the country, has moved on. Decades are not supposed to come in tidy packages mandated by the calendar's arbitrary divisions, but this decade did. For most Americans, the cloud of 9/11 has lifted. Which is not to say that a happier national landscape has been unveiled in its wake.
Back in 2006, Rich took some shots for a piece analyzing a 9/11 photo of young people chatting on the New York waterfront with the World Trade Center burning in the background, which he inferred as a sign of disaffection among young Americans. He seems a bit more cautious in his assessments this time around.