Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Specters of the Skyline: Peering through the Ghostly New Brooklyn

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

Specters of the Skyline: Peering through the Ghostly New Brooklyn

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This past Sept. 11, I happened to be on the roof of my home in Brooklyn exactly at sunset, which allowed me to observe the annual commemorative light display at a moment when the display seemed not quite to have begun. The display consisted, as it does every year, of two spectacularly powerful spotlights, beamed upward infinitely from the place in downtown Manhattan where the twin towers used to be. I have seen those twin light beams many times over the years, but always at night, when they are sharply white and ghastly. The spectacle at sunset turned out to be ghastlier. The sky was still bright, and the light beams were invisible, and then barely visible. They looked like the cumulous remnants of a disappeared cloud, or like the faded evaporations of a skywriting plane, or like wisps from an extinguished cigarette, or like something glimpsed out of the corner of an eye, or like a dream that cannot be remembered. …

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