Carey Lowell in Me and Him (1988)
I wrote on September 12, 2001
There’s nothing for us to say about the events. You’ve seen it on TV, and you realize how people are reacting. If the professional wordsmiths and mouthpieces can’t find the words, neither will we. There are no precedents to help comprehend the events, nor words to summarize the grief and shock. It doesn’t seem real now. Perhaps it never will.
As any history professor will tell you, people don’t much care for the minutiae of dates. Yesterday morning, most Americans could identify only three by heart.
Now there will be four.
July 4, 1776
December 7, 1941
November 22, 1963
September 11, 2001