October 14, 2011KR OnlineSpecial Collections

Remembering 9/11 Web Feature

This special web feature presents some of the work that The Kenyon Review has published over the last ten years in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. We were moved like so many other arts organizations and publishers to find a way to mark the passing of the decade on this anniversary, and discover what we could learn by collecting the material for this feature. In a blog post that introduces the web feature, Dan Torday considers what it means to use the 9/11 attacks as material. Certainly in the eight pieces presented here, there are a great variety of approaches, and yet for nearly all Americans, the attacks are a shared event—they are a very public trauma we hold in common. As Torday suggests, “events so large seep into our lives in ways unexpected and surprising, and so into our books.” Writing can do so many things; we hope you’ll read and reread these pieces with the same desire to commemorate, to heal, and to learn that guided us in choosing to publish them.

—The Editors