Tuesday, January 10, 2006

9/11 movies and books

There is a big budget movie about 9/11, or a part of it coming out this summer. Called Flight 93, it is (obviously) about the passengers that overcame the terrorists and prevented the destruction of the White House or the Capitol. This is a tough one. We know what happens, so it has to be quite dramatic, like Apollo 13, and it has to avoid being smaltzy. The NYT has an article on the movie and other 9/11 flims.

One of the new movies is an adaptation of 102 minutes, the time from the first impact to the final collapse. It's an enthralling read, almost surprisingly so. We heard so much about the towers in 2001, that I thought there was nothing more to learn. There are lots of incredible stories, but also some lessons about preparation and management of large scale disaster. So much of the post 9/11-Iraq world has become focused on politics. People's positions seem to be based on their like or dislike of President Bush. This book takes place at the local level and has little or nothing to do with politics or policy, although policy recommendations do come into effect. Check this one out.

1 comment:

Steve said...

Hi guys, have you read Younghee Cha's book: After 9/11: A Korean Girl's Sexual Journey? If you haven't, prepare for a wild ride that will leave you with hope about our international situation. After 9/11, a Korean girl faces visa and financial problems while living in L.A. Along the way, she encounters her guilty feelings about her first love.. and embarks upon an erotic odyssey...by turns blissful, dangerous and bizarre. The first thing that struck me about her book is it's not only a journey into sexuality but into being human. It's a search for world peace and toward our longevity as a people. I almost cried when I took in the insights it had into the Iraq war and its relation to undocumented residency - especially the DREAM act. A brilliant merging of sexuality with politics happens when she nakedly performs the crane dance, the dance for world peace and longevity, for a powerful but sexually dysfunctional client.

I laughed out loud reading this and then sat silently mesmerized while absorbing its political and erotic content. Having so throroughly enjoyed it, I believe it's good to share this feeling with others, including those of us here who care so much about America's inclusiveness and ability to transcend a devastating but ultimately petty attack, about our wholeness as people - a variety of ethnicities with a myriad ways of experiencing life. This book concerns our future as a nation that represents all people. Check out more about it at its website - www.youngheecha.com.