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The very first essay
March 12, 2006 - Omaha, Nebraska

I think your idea is provocative and I think you should do it. I haven't seen the footage from 9/11 since the day or so after the event, and I remember reading or hearing somewhere that the networks made a specific decision across the board to take it off the television so children and people wouldn't have to relive it, and at the time, I remember that in some weird way, I wanted to see it and, in the same way now, I want to see it. To me, it seemed so quintessentially "American" for our networks to take that image away from us -- it was literally blinding us to what had happened, something that in this country happens so much and so often that we don't even realize it. So since the attacks, I haven't seen much art regarding the event that, to me, in some way, hasn't mirrored the sort of display that was in new york at the time, with the banners and the signs looking for the people. That or the art is splashed with American flags and pictures of firefighters and policemen, etc. etc. That feels false and somehow wrong to me -- it's not an honest memorial, it's an easy one. It's like those ribbons people magnet on their cars or mudflaps with american flags that say we will never forget. How is that remembering anything?

Consequently, something like this is going to be hard for people to swallow and is going to piss people off and make them think you are an asshole, etc. etc, but I don't think that should matter. What matters is that what you are doing is real and raw, and what happened, though most of us would like to remember it as a nice American flag lapel pin and a firefighter helping a person out of a burning building was actually much more than that, and we just tend to wipe that away, the same way we wiped away the image of the buildings exploding and toppling down and replaced it with merchandise.

I think forcing someone to verbalize in some way how they feel about the events of that day is worthy. I guess I'd do it to see the flipbook but also because there haven't been very many -- if any -- chances for people, just normal people who don't have a husband or daughter who died in the attacks and live in Podunk, Nebraska -- to verbalize how they feel about what happened. And in some way, also, I want to be able to have this piece of art that allows me to relive the image in a way that would be private and that I could look at when I wanted on my terms and think about it when I wanted, you know? On my own level and not with a bunch of news commentary and other people's opinions. For you to make this doesn't seem cheap to me -- it seems honest and a real reaction to something that we all felt, no matter where we were or are even now in our lives. Something that is and was so fucked up that it's hard to wrap the head around. We all feel safe and comfortable now and back to normal, and even though we don't have to think about it and look about it every day, I bet a lot of people do. It seems like this is a time when maybe people, instead of all of them getting really pissed off, would welcome the chance to have someone listen to them and read what they have to say.

I think you are right when you say there is good in everything, even stuff that is really bad. I think this project could be an example of that.

I can imagine kids looking at the flipbook and I can imagine that, if their parents explained to them how they got it, presumably they'd have written something to you to get it, and explained what it was, it'd be in a format they could handle and understand, and maybe it would help them in some way to understand. I don't know if that'd happen, but I'd like to think it would.

I don't see this project as you producing something at the expense of mass death and destruction -- granted, I'm an eternal optomist, often times to my own demise, so take what I say for what you will. But I think that, like you said, good can come out of bad. You aren't profiting from this idea. You're forcing people to think. Whether they agree or disagree with you or whether they want to have a flipbook so they can relive that moment or whether they never want to see it again and think you are terrible, they're thinking, and that's more than they would have been doing before.

It makes me feel better to have written what I wrote, even at this moment when I don't know if you'll go on with this project or not, because no one up to this point has ever given me a chance, after the initial moment when the attacks happened, to ever talk about how I feel about any of it now, in hindsight or otherwise. I think its admirable that you are willing to give anyone who wants to take it that chance. I don't think this sort of inspiration is wrong -- I think it's honest and real and not fueled by money, greed, consumerism, false American pride or any other bullshit. And I don't know if Osama would sit in a cave and laugh at your art -- I think he would -- but I also think he'd get it in a way that the naysayers wouldn't. Not in a good way, in a really sick and fucked up way, because he'd probably get some satisfaction of how normal people were affected by him since he's a real psycho, but I think that aside, because we really shouldn't let him affect us, it can do a lot of good if we are honest with ourselves.

Sarah Baker

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0. Scott Blake September 17, 2008 Omaha, Nebraska Introduction
1. Sarah Baker March 12, 2006 Omaha, Nebraska The very first essay
2. Sean Smith May 10, 2006 Toronto, Canada Tactical application of slowness
3. Mike Fischer May 17, 2006 Racine, Wisconsin My birthday is September 11
4. Pat Riot May 23, 2006 Los Angeles, California 9-11 FLIP OUT
5. Julian Miller May 31, 2006 New York, New York Desperate grab for attention
6. Scott Grant June 5, 2006 Bristol, United Kingdom I wished I didn't own a television
7. Daniel Clark June 6, 2006 Henderson, Nevada Media Monotony
8. Damon Lawner June 10, 2006 Los Angeles, California Concise yet massive story
9. Natalie Conforti June 12, 2006 San Francisco, California American student in Italy
10. K Torpy June 13, 2006 Omaha, Nebraska Incomprehensible accessible
11. Pierre Ernest June 18, 2006 Borsbeek, Belgium I also was born on Sept. 11th
12. Timothy Schaffert June 18, 2006 Omaha, Nebraska Lesson in commerce and tragedy
13. Chris Fischer June 18, 2006 Landisville, Pennsylvania i could give a fuck less
14. Aaron Norhanian June 19, 2006 Brooklyn, New York Hold the moment in my hand
15. Anonymous June 19, 2006 Anonymous. i think that Bush planned it
16. Steve Chudomelka June 19, 2006 Omaha, Nebraska Caught in the moment again
17. Adam Arsenault June 19, 2006 Prince Edward Island, Canada Respecting each other's visions
18. Pierre-François Maquaire June 19, 2006 Paris, France I collect folioscopes
19. Kim Lyvang June 20, 2006 Ontario, Canada My life is now richer
20. Alexis Turner June 20, 2006 Portland, Oregon Listen to *me*
21. Patrick Hughes June 21, 2006 Gainesville, Florida I would not like a 9-11 flipbook
22. Philippe Dubost June 26, 2006 Chamalières, France Sensational effects of this game
23. Jean-Pierre Becker June 27, 2006 Paris, France I could smile about your question
24. Jayne Sonshine June 28, 2006 Twp. of Washington, New Jersey Hold a piece of history
25. Tabitha Straws June 28, 2006 Seattle, Washington Selfish American
26. K. Verbonus June 28, 2006 Steilacoom, Washington Everyone wants to be right
27. Jo Bryan June 28, 2006 Cambs, United Kingdom Another frantic day
28. Hayley Gardiner June 28, 2006 Northampton, United Kingdom Not just about the victims
29. David Vogt June 28, 2006 Rockford, Illinois Feelings and emotions of others
30. Nick Jugovics June 28, 2006 Paxton, Illinois Made from suffering
31. Lennaert Bosch June 28, 2006 Cuijk, The Netherlands Ten and a half year old
32. Anonymous June 29, 2006 Anonymous Trivializing those events
33. David Pitman July 1, 2006 South Wales, United Kingdom Slap in the face
34. Tracy Cowell July 1, 2006 Somerset, United Kingdom Agree with it or not
35. Candy VanOcker July 1, 2006 Springville, New York This happened to everyone
36. Fadel Haowat July 1, 2006 Chicago, Illinois What the news can do
37. Daniel Sahagian July 1, 2006 North Arlington, New Jersey Light against Hate and Ignorance
38. Sam Brobvision July 1, 2006 Nottingham, United Kingdom Little effect on my life
39. Cain Radford July 1, 2006 Broken Hill, Australia Through tragedy life goes on
40. Susan Rabka July 1, 2006 Johannesburg, South Africa I might as well have been there
41. Nicole Brodsky July 1, 2006 San Francisco, California Arbiter of the act
42. Julie Gormly July 2, 2006 Brisbane, Australia Uncomfortable sharing
43. Nicola Dingle July 2, 2006 Somerset, United Kingdom Seize the day
44. Tarryn Bow July 3, 2006 Broken Hill, Australia Far more shocking
45. Ricardo dC Russo July 3, 2006 Manaus, Brazil World is full of lost words
46. Pascal Fouché July 4, 2006 Paris, France How people can see it
47. Anthony Mack July 4, 2006 Lacey, Washington ALL humans strive for freedom
48. Teri Jenkins July 6, 2006 Ontario, Canada Deepest sympathies
49. Alexandre Noyer July 6, 2006 Annecy, France Internationnal langage
50. Yolanda Yuyu July 6, 2006 Chengdu, China It tell us to remember something
51. Craig Park July 7, 2006 Rocky Mount, North Carolina Are we better for our learning
52. Kell Black July 11, 2006 Clarksville, Tennessee Small matchbox diorama
53. Anonymous July 12, 2006 United States Sophisticated visual humor
54. Lauren De Luca July 12, 2006 New York, New York Less than a mile from the Towers
55. Nanette Allen July 12, 2006 Las Vegas, Nevada Intimate translations
56. Manfred Reichert July 21, 2006 Visselhoevede, Germany Flash animation
57. B Rousse July 22, 2006 Paris, France It deserves our irreverence
58. Charlotta Bjorkskog July 22, 2006 Kokkola, Finland Of course you gain on it
59. Stuart and Tara July 24, 2006 Brooklyn, New York Better view on the TV
60. Dave Schneider January 29, 2007 Chicago, Illinois Remind me of "real" pain
61. Dan Keane January 30, 2007 Bloomfield, New Jersey what the fuck was the 'message'?
62. Thomas Hill February 6, 2007 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma perception is reality
63. Robert Fischer March 29, 2007 Houma, Louisiana the defining moment
64. Frank J Perrotta December 5, 2007 Sharon, Pennsylvania 9-11 Flip Book Manipulations
65. Matthew Lahey January 7, 2008 Los Angeles, Califronia On A Flipbook
66. Kristin Heikel March 16, 2008 Omaha, Nebraska Reporting and Voyeurism
67. Aibyouka Kun September 29, 2008 Westmont, New Jersey The First IM Chat
68. Bobby Ryan November 4, 2008 North Cape May, New Jersey Patriotic Work of Art
69. Trevon Watson February 3, 2009 Guyton, Georgia War On Terror is Fading Away
70. Adrian Davis February 17, 2009 Fort Bragg, North Carolina Something you care about
71. Dear December 26, 2008 Portland, Oregon Second IM Chat
72. James King May 4, 2009 Glasgow, Scotland The world will never be the same
73. Beáta Istvánko October 27, 2009 Budakalász, Hungary Opinion of the audience
74. Alex Klehfoth June 1, 2009 Lexington, Kentucky Twin Tower Pinata
75. Wolfgang Skodd May 5, 2010 Dortmund, Germany Agents & Provocateurs
76. Michiko Tanaka August 2, 2010 Seattle, Washington Over and over
77. DJ Tilley January 7, 2011 Reno, Nevada Wandering around the playground
78. Benjamin Goggin January 8, 2011 Portland, Oregon Tornadoes to terrorism
79. Tom Eubank January 8, 2011 New York City, New York Top floor of 95 Christopher Street
80. Ian January 8, 2011 Oakland, California Stir things up
81. Anonymous February 24, 2011 Anonymous Inconsiderate and offensive
82. Amanda Marsico March 3, 2011 District of Columbia, USA Thank you for making me think
83. Anonymous April 18, 2011 Anchorage, Alaska This isint a joke
84. Jessica Schwartz April 27, 2011 USA Who is the work for?
85. Dr. Kevin Dann May 19, 2011 Brooklyn, New York Thanks Art Spiegelmann
86. TheBigBoss May 26, 2011 Nairobi, Kenya Le Chêne et le Roseau
87. Stephania June 27, 2011 USA More Real Than Reality
88. Anonymous July 11, 2011 Brooklyn, New York Weak and Irresponsible
89. Renee Nied August 4, 2011 Cobleskill, New York Pick Up Tomorrow
90. Elliott Burris September 2, 2011 Saint Joseph, Missouri I was only 3
91. Sheila Zachariae September 9, 2011 Omaha, Nebraska Protecting the people from themselves
92. Wendy Parker November 6, 2011 Leicester, United Kingdom Interesting Yet Horrifying
93. Aidan Hicks March 12, 2012 Aurora, Colorado Quite Young on September 11
94. Patrick McCarthy April 17, 2012 Chicago, Illinois Propaganda Attack
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96. Gabriella Cutrone June 25, 2013 Brooklyn, New York Inspired and Upset
97. BSG October 31, 2013 Portland, Oregon Images Detach From Emotions
98. Wilfredo Raguro July 28, 2016 Irving, Texas Looking Back Now
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