The Green Room

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"Here's a marvellous convenient place for our rehearsal."

Since September 11, 2001, millions of words worldwide have been written about the terrorist destruction of the World Trade Center. But SANFORD PINSKER has taken a unique approach to that tragedy. He puts The Education of Henry Adams in the context of Ground Zero.

"The horrific events of September 11th only deepened my conviction that there must be an even stronger relationship between the literature I teach and the very new and often strange world we now live in. My rumination of Henry Adams and Ground Zero was an attempt to join my students in thinking about how much changed in a matter of minutes and the shape that the 21st century is likely to take."

An English professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and one of VQR's most prolific contributors, SANFORD PINSKER is currently at work on an essay that will reread Hemingway in the aftermath of September 11th, "one that will look once again at the new, modern century... as well as very different attitudes about courage, honor, and valor expressed by Frederic Henry of A Farewell to Arms and Robert Jordan of For Whom the Bell Tolls."

As historian JACK FISCHEL looks back on the road that led to September 11th, he finds the year 1979 to be pivotal, the year in which three events took place that led to the tragic events of that late summer morning. The events are: the Iranian revolution, the successful conclusion of the Camp David meeting between Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. MR. FISCHEL is chairman of the history department at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. He received his doctorate from the University of Delaware. He is the editor of Congress Monthly, the publication of the American Jewish Congress. He has authored books on the Holocaust and Jewish history and culture, and published hundreds of articles and reviews on Middle East and Jewish affairs in a variety of publications.

KENT NELSON has been contributing short stories to VQR for more than a quarter of a century. Indeed, his story, "The Humpbacked Bird," won the Emily Clark Balch Prize in 1975. His VQR stories, MR. NELSON writes, "have won prizes, have been included in anthologies of one kind or another, and were in all four of my short story collections. VQR is my history." His new book, Land That Moves, Land That Stands Still, will be published next year by Viking Penguin. The athletic MR. NELSON had shoulder surgery last year which hindered his squash playing, but he did do the Pikes Peak Marathon in August26.3 miles and 7815 feet of elevation gain. "It was hard work," he says, in one of the understatements of the year.

LEWIS BOGATY is the editor of the Americans With Disabilities Act Workplace Report. He has a law degree from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review, and a Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University. He has practiced law with major New York law firms and has written for various law publications. He has also published fiction in literary journals including VQR and the Kansas Quarterly in which his story won a best-of-the-volume award.

EDWARD A. PURCELL JR. holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and he is currently Joseph Solomon Distinguished Professor at New York Law School He has also taught at Harvard, Wellesley, Missouri, and UC at Berkeley. His most recent book, Brandeis and the Progressive Constitution, was published by Yale in 2000 and was awarded the Erwin N. Griswold Prize of the Supreme Court Historical Society.

M.C. ALLAN is a graduate of Hollins University's creative writing program. She is a D.C.area writer and artist whose work has appeared most recently in the Potomac Review. Born in Pakistan, she has lived in Taiwan, the Netherlands, and Australia. She currently works as an editor for The Humane Society of the U. …