Judging from EW reader responses to our tribute issue (#617, Sept. 28), Hollywood should rethink its decision to edit out shots of the Twin Towers in movies such as Zoolander and Spider-Man as well as television shows like Law & Order: SVU. Across the board, readers expressed their support for preserving, not erasing, images of the World Trade Center. ”Removing all references from upcoming films would be like removing all photographs of a beloved grandparent from the family photo album simply because they are no longer with us,” says Jay Rosen of New York City. ”The greatest honor one can bestow upon a person or thing is to remember.” Which we will.
Thank you for your judgment in selecting the Sept. 28 cover. I saw the attacks and the buildings collapse from my downtown office. My boyfriend died in Tower 1. Your magazine was the only one I received that did not plaster a picture of the jets crashing into the towers on its cover. When thousands of people were desperately looking for an escape, yours was the only magazine kind enough not to throw in their faces images that only deepen the wounds. VALERIE TOSCANO firstname.lastname@example.org New York City
I enjoyed your thorough and thoughtful issue, but found theater missing. What is more emblematic of New York arts than Broadway? Rudy Giuliani, when asking New Yorkers to try and return to normalcy, specifically asked that people go out and see a show. He didn’t say see a movie, rent a DVD, or listen to a CD. Theater was deeply affected, and I think it should have been a part of this reflective edition. JOANNA SPENCER email@example.com Brooklyn
I consider myself an emotional person, but the 24/7 coverage of the awful events of Sept. 11 somehow did not move me — not Dan Rather’s mini-breakdown on Letterman; not the constant replay of the second plane crashing into the WTC from every sickening angle; not the stories of courage conveyed on the celebrity-filled telethon. But you, EW, with your impassioned, well-written elegy (particularly the spectacular last-page shot of the Twin Towers in all their dawn-lit glory) helped release the tears that had been building up since that dark day. Thank you. MICHELLE FEARNLEY firstname.lastname@example.org Denver
”How We Saw It” achieved something beyond expediency in entertainment journalism, particularly the lines ”Art is often hailed as the grandest expression of the human spirit, but we know now, if we didn’t know it before, that the grandest expression of the human spirit is whatever it takes for a man or a woman to rush back into a burning building to save more people.” That is superhuman heroism and courage, the highest art, selfless leadership by example in the face of death. And then to cap those lines with the F. Scott Fitzgerald anecdote shows a keen literary intelligence at work. As William Faulkner said in accepting the Nobel Prize for literature, ”Man will not merely endure, he will prevail.” As will our nation. JAMES NASH Gaithersburg, Md.