From the archive of the Weekly Filet: Some of the best on 9/11

What Bobby McIlvaine Left Behind

The Atlantic

This is one of the best magazine pieces I’ve seen in years. It begins with: A death, a diary, and a fight over who gets to read it. It explores the complexities of grief, in language that is raw and detailed and personal and empathetic, and just overall beautiful. A long read, worth every minute (if you prefer to listen, there’s an audio version available).

From Weekly Filet #357, in August 2021.

An Oral History of The Onion’s 9/11 Issue

Satirical newspaper The Onion, back then mainly a print publication, had just moved to New York and was ready to publish its first issue there, when 9/11 happened. A fantastic piece on how the editors struggled to find a voice of humor amid what has been called «the death of irony».

From Weekly Filet #310, in July 2020.

Der Terror und ich

Zeit Magazin

Bonus track (in German): «Ich glaube, dass 9/11 der Tag war, an dem das Graue starb» – ein grossartiger Text, der die Zäsur durch 9/11 so gut einordnet wie kaum ein Text zuvor.

From Weekly Filet #162, in August 2014.

60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History

Buzzfeed

Written in the frenzied, emotional days after 9/11, the «Authorization for the Use of Military Force» was intended to give President Bush the ability to retaliate against whoever orchestrated the attacks. But more than 12 years later, this one broadly-phrased sentence remains the primary legal justification for nearly every covert operation around the world. Buzzfeed has a brilliant longread on how that sentence came to be, the one woman who voted against it and what it’s since come to mean.

From Weekly Filet #146, in August 2014.

Understanding 9/11—A Television News Archive

Archive.org

As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 is drawing closer, it’s a good time to refresh our memories of that defining event of recent history. Archive.org has compiled an absolutely stunning archive of TV news coverage of that very day and the week that followed. 3,000 hours of international TV News from 20 channels over 7 days.

From Weekly Filet #34, in August 2014.
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