notes

9/11/11. ‘Let the Great World Spin’

In reading on September 11, 2011 at 1:03 am

‘Years earlier, I had read an essay … about the walk that French tightrope walker Philippe Petit had made across the World Trade Center towers in 1974, a spectacular act of art and bravado in which the funambulist had walked back and forth a quarter of a mile in the air. From below, he might have looked like a speck of moving dust. The tightrope walk was an act of creation that seemed to stand in direct defiance to the act of destruction twenty-seven years later.’

Author Colum McCann, quoted in an interview published at the back of Let the Great World Spin

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