It’s the third episode of a six-part miniseries that examines the books, movies, music, comics, and other popular culture that directly addresses or is about the attacks of September 11, 2001. In this episode, I look at literature. Selections include poems by Toni Morrison, Abigail Deutsch, Deborah Garrison, and others; short stories by Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates; and Gae Polisner’s novel The Memory of Things.
This episode also crosses over with the most recent episode of Required Reading with Tom and Stella, where we talk about Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.
A quick content warning: Though these events are now 20 years in the past, they are still traumatizing to many, and I also discuss some of my personal feelings and views, so listener discretion is advised.
Finally, I will be including a feedback section in the sixth episode of the series, and would love to hear what you think, so leave comments on the Pop Culture Affidavit Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s where to listen:
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Some extras for you …
“After the Disaster” by Abigail Deutsch
A collection of poems in The New Yorker, including several that were referenced on this episode.
“The Mutants” by Joyce Carol Oates (full story)
“The Things They Left Behind” by Stephen King (about the story on King’s website)
The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner
The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud (NYT Book Review)