Falling Man by Don DeLilloThere is September 11 and then there are the days after, and finally the years.
Falling Man is a magnificent, essential novel about the event that defines turn-of-the-century America. It begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and tracks the aftermath of this global tremor in the intimate lives of a few people.
First there is Keith, walking out of the rubble into a life that hed always imagined belonged to everyone but him. Then Lianne, his estranged wife, memory-haunted, trying to reconcile two versions of the same shadowy man. And their small son Justin, standing at the window, scanning the sky for more planes.
These are lives choreographed by loss, grief and the enormous force of history.
Image: Shutterstock. Richard Drew, a photojournalist on assignment with the Associated Press who had been preparing to photograph a fashion show that morning but who was quickly dispatched to the towers by his editor, managed to snap a frame sequence of the figure in free fall. Like hundreds others that morning who were forced out from the upper floors of the Twin Towers by unbearable heat and smoke and the lack of any escape by stairs or roof, he appears in Drew's sort of flip-book chronicle to be tumbling wildly out of control, the wind and sheer velocity of the dive ripping off a white tunic just moments before certain death. But of the dozen frames in Drew's otherwise chaotic, painfully mortal sequence, one stands apart. It's a quiet, intimate image.
The Falling Man is a photograph taken by Associated Press photographer Richard Drew of a man falling from the North Tower of the World Trade Center at a.m. during the September 11 attacks in.
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It was the disturbing photo deemed too confronting for the public. Who was the Falling Man? As newspapers published shocking images from the most photographed and videotaped day in history, some were deemed too awful, too confronting for the public to face. In particular, pictures of the estimated people who plunged to their death from the Twin Towers. Trapped, with nowhere to go, it was a heartbreaking way to die as thousands watched on, from the streets of New York, to the lounge rooms of those watching on television. It was to be struck from the record until it appeared in an Esquire article in
Do you remember this photograph? In the United States, people have taken pains to banish it from the record of September 11, The story behind it, though, and the search for the man pictured in it, are our most intimate connection to the horror of that day. I n the picture, he departs from this earth like an arrow. Although he has not chosen his fate, he appears to have, in his last instants of life, embraced it.