Earlier this week I was emailed a press release from someone who I believe was an amateur musician letting me know about his September 11 tribute rock song. That, and this Regretsy post signify the amount of media dreck out there about honoring September 11. (There's even a special this week about how pop culture "saved" America. Yes, pop culture, stronger than a New York City firefighter.)
If you're like me and are trying to avoid any 9/11 coverage that seems
excessively pointless (yes, we all remember where we were), maudlin or
off-base, there are a few 9/11 tributes I'd like to recommend that I
think got it right.
First is the New York Magazine September 11 double-issue.
The magazine presents, encyclopedia-style, a breakdown of what was
important leading up to, on, and after that day and includes
never-solved mysteries, architectural details and sober tributes. I
couldn't stop reading it even though it occasionally made me feel
nauseous (due to the subject matter, not the writing.) It's nonfiction
at its best and provides a clear-eyed look back (I thought the story on
Morning Edition called "The Banality of Evil" also did a great job of solid reporting and storytelling.)
Secondly, tomorrow Showtime is presenting The Love We Make,
Albert Maysles documentary about Paul McCartney putting together The
Concert for New York City. I got a sneak peek at the movie (my review of
it is going up on The AV Club
tomorrow) and enjoyed it. It's a different kind of tribute--it was shot
in 2001, with no looking back from today, and instead of us the horror
and trauma of September 2001, we see the rebuilding that takes place in
October 2001. It's a rock documentary more than anything else, which
might seem like a flippant way of looking back, but it's a lighter way
of remembering that time--and it's important to remember the rebuilding
as much as the destruction. I think it's a good tribute for people who
can't handle revisiting the details of September 11.
If you've observed any other 9/11 anniversary reports or tributes that
you thought were especially tasteful and well-done that you want to
recommend, feel free to leave them below in the comments.