Don DeLillo's Falling Man: An Introduction
- Discussion Questions for the Novel
- Character Study: Florence Givens [vid]
- Character Study: Keith Neudecker [vid]
- Close Reading: Lianne’s Online Search for the Falling Man Artist
- Close Reading: Keith in the Casino [vid]
- Close Reading: Keith's Visual Activity
- Close Reading:: "In the Ruins of the Future"
- Interview with Katie Dryhurst [vid]
- Interview with Alexandra Blogier [vid]
- Travis Fine's The Space Between: An Introduction
Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: An Introduction
- Discussion Questions for the Novel
- Character Study: Mr. Black [vid]
- Character Study: Oskar Schell [vid]
- Character Study: Thomas Schell [vid]
- Close Reading: Oskar in Bed and Flip Book [vid]
- Close Reading: Oskar's Appointment with Dr. Fein
- Interview with Michael Olmert [vid]
- Interview with Wendy Fowler-Conner [vid]
- Interview with Laura Foster [vid]
- Richard A. Grusin's Premediation: An Introduction
- Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist: An Introduction
Claire Messud's The Emperor's Children: An Introduction
- Introduction: Part 2
- Discussion Questions for the Novel: First Half
- Discussion Questions for the Novel: Second Half
- Character Study: Annabel Thwaite
- Character Study: Frederick "Bootie" Tubb
- Character Study: Frederick "Bootie" Tubb [vid]
- Character Study: Julius Clarke [vid]
- Character Study: Danielle Minkoff
- Close Reading: Danielle Identifies Herself with the Victims of 9/11
- Close Reading: Murray's Manuscript
- Close Reading: The Morning of the Towers [vid]
- Close Reading: What Messud's Satire Achieves
- Close Reading: Analysis and Portent in "The Pope's End"
- Interview with Joan Cohen [vid]
- Joseph O'Neill's Netherland: An Introduction
- Thomas Pynchon's Bleeding Edge: An Introduction
- Art Spiegelman's In the Shadow of No Towers: An Introduction
- David Wyatt's And Then the War Came: An Introduction
- Dylan Avery's Loose Change: An Introduction
- The September 11 Digital Archive: An Introduction
- Character Study: Charlie, Twilight of the Superheroes
- Character Study: Lucien, Twilight of the Superheroes
- Close Reading: Nathaniel's View From Mr. Matsumoto's Balcony, Twilight of the Superheroes
- Interview with Phil Mulliken on Basinski's The Disintegration Loops [vid]
- Interview with Oliver Gaycken on Basinski's Disintegration Loops [vid]
- Don DeLillo's Falling Man: An Introduction
- Mapping the Literature of 9/11
September 11 Digital Archive Discussion Questions
1. The Digital Archive emerged from a central, driving paradox: that September 11 was the most well documented event in human history, but that this documentation was almost entirely ephemeral. It arose from a need to preserve this new form of digital history. How does the ephemeral nature of the documentation from this day shape our understanding of its history? Does the ephemeral nature of the documentation of September 11 characterize its narrative? Do you agree that without the effort of this archive, digital documentation of September 11 would have just disappeared?
2. Eerily echoing this ephemerality of documentation is the immateriality of the remains themselves. One of the most distinguishing characteristics of the events of September 11 is that for the family of the victims, there was often not even a body to bury. How does the web – and more specifically the Digital Archive -- offer a space of memorialization? Does the Digital Archive provide an unexpected materiality to the process of grieving, both personal and cultural?
3. September 11, 2001 is seen by historians to be the first “truly digital event of world historical importance.” What makes a digital history different? Historians turn to objects to evoke a cultural narrative. In history’s gaze, even the most mundane of objects can take on symbolic importance. Does digital ephemera offer the same narrative as traditional historical objects explored behind panes of glass in a museum? Even further, is a digital history inherently a public history? Was it tragedy that provided the impulse to turn the internet into a social space?
4. From the get-go, the September 11 Digital Archive sought to build a narrative out of voices and perspectives overlooked by the traditional, mainstream media. What characterizes a citizen narration? How does this grassroots storytelling transform our understanding of September 11 and the preservation of its history? Do you think historians 50 years from now could get a true sense of what happened in New York on September 11 by looking at this site?
5. Due to the collaborative, grassroots nature of storytelling on this site, historians see the September 11 Digital Archive as representing a true cultural zeitgeist. To this end, not all of the storytelling and submissions are savory; many are jingoistic in nature. Do you think these voices of response are an essential part of our public history of September 11? Do you think this insistence on including all narratives is critical for this Archive to portray a real moment in American history?
6. In light of our ongoing conversation on the thematic of privilege in the literature of September 11, what are we to make of the fact that un-equal access to digital media in 2001 originally created a Digital Archive almost entirely of stories of privilege? Do you think there’s something to be said about who had access to the internet in 2001 and how the story of the attacks and their aftermath gets told? Do you think more egalitarian and wide-spread access to the internet creates a truer brand of citizen narration around historical events today?
7. The Digital Archive arose as digital habits in the United States became more wide-spread and collaborative in nature. How does the evolution of the Digital Archive reflect our changing attitude toward using the web for cultural/historical preservation?