Sunday 18 February 2018

'Yes, but' analysis full of cheap grace

When it comes to the events of 9/11 we continue to seek our voice, writes John-Paul McCarthy

In his celebrated portrait of John Henry Newman, Lytton Strachey called the cardinal a creature of emotion and memory.

Ten years after the attempted obliteration of Manhattan, many of us may feel a bit like Newman as we try to sift through the shards of imagery that still linger around us.

I was studying in Maine on 9/11, working on Henry Kissinger's grim Harvard thesis, ominously called The Meaning of History: Reflections on Kant, Spengler and Toynbee.

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