The Unpopular 9/11

September 8th, 2002 10:43 AM

Salon is running “Forbidden thoughts about 9/11”, a collection of quotes representing the relatively unspoken thoughts that people had in the days and months following September 11th:

“We walked to [my friend’s] apartment in SoHo at about 10 p.m. on Thursday the 13th. The streets below 14th were deserted of cars, and for the most part, of people. A light haze of smoke and dust hung in the air. It was still and warm and surreal. And incredibly beautiful. I wished that New York could be like that more often. How many times will the middle of Broadway feel as if it were a country back road?” — Kimberly Oliver, 33, a Manhattan marketing consultant

“I’m sorry to say it, but it was the most exciting day of my career in journalism. It was really fuckin’ fun.” — A New York reporter

“I was upset that Bush would get an undeserved boost in popularity. I also worried that support for valuable domestic programs would be diverted to the war effort.” — 29-year-old lawyer from Arlington, Va., on her initial thoughts after the attack