My thoughts: There are so many cameras here, on 9/11/02, looking for something to film and nothing can possibly match the spectacle last year that they didn't plan & couldn't control.
Woman being interviewed by a guy with a tape recorder-
Woman, to her friend-
Lady on line in Walgreens, across from Union Square, knowingly
Guy on cellphone
Boy of color
My thoughts: this is so much more adversarial than last year. Everyone came here
knowing what they wanted to say, what argument to make. Last year, it was
hundreds of people with different opinions, from bomb the bastards to make love not war,
but we were all equally confused and vulnerable. It was like we had all just had our skins peeled off and were equally befuddled as to what we should do next.
Other random person
NYU Freshman in a Strokes t-shirt
Woman handing out petitions
Girl taping up some kind of sign, over by the garbage cans
(I move, saying sorry)
I wander away into the park, away from the center of the action, reading the piece of paper. It's an Einstein quote, a pretty long one, and it's ok. People have one life to live on this earth, we had better do good to others. Something like that.
I sit down on the ground. A lady comes over to me.
A couple, maybe in their sixties, he's black, she's white, both wearing white Proud to be an American! sweatshirts
I smile at them, and then immediately feel guilty for thinking that they're cute because they are geeky interracial midwesterners.