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2002 issue of
World Press Review
(VOL. 49, No. 1)
Sept. 11: A New Worldview
Letters to the Editor
What A Difference
a Day Makes
I just opened my November issue of WPR and found the
striking photo of the young Czech woman with her candle-lighted
flag and the equally striking editorial, Without a Compass.
Both are keepers. Ill mount the photo where I can see
it all day. In conversation with family and friends, I expect
to refer (with attribution) to some of your editorial thoughts
that helped me create a sense of direction and focus, which
the reading of tens of thousands of words has not. Your editorial
seems finally to have unlocked the door to my grief, and for
that Im grateful.
In an attempt to salve the spiritual and intellectual wounds
that marked my soul in the days after Sept. 11and not
finding such a palliative in the press or on televisionI
sent to family and friends a few pages from Carl Sagans
Murmurs of Earth, in which he lists the greetings from
people on Earth to whichever Others the Voyager spacecraft might
encounter out there. The greetings manifest a simplicity, directness,
sweetness, and homeliness that surfaced in my memory
(a decade after I first read them) amid the images of smoke
and fire and rubble and immeasurable human anguish.
Rex Malcolm, Woodland Hills, California
I have been reading World Press Review since it was Atlas
in the 1960s.The quality of the November issue was remarkable
for me. I have always appreciated the courage you have had in
printing what often seems to be unprintable in the USA. But
that issue gave me understanding of what happened, and hope.
Warland D. Wight, Seattle, Washington
While most of the columnists [responding to the Sept. 11 attacks]
professed shock, horror, and compassion for those they termed
innocent victims, I noted an underlying filament of glee that
seemed to weave through most of the articles. There were some
articles that showed heartbroken outrage at what had happened;
but for the most part the authors could barely contain their
gleefulness at either the United States getting its just desserts
for being arrogant or unaware of other nations needs.
Most seemed to be quite satisfied that U.S. citizens were no
longer unbloodied. I am quite glad that I read the entire issue.
I have always felt that the only way one could possibly know
what the future might bring is to know as much about the present
as possible. Knowing for sure about the contempt and disgust
most people, even among our allies, have for the
United States and her citizens gives me armor against the future.
Patricia Wadley, Arlington, Texas
Thanks for your appropriate and exclusive focus on Sept. 11.
I always pass on my copies of your magazine to others to enjoy
and learn from. I suspect I might be keeping this one. The whole
world, focused through the lens of NYC 9-11-01. The local and
the universal together.
Phil Dacey, Lynd, Minnesota
As an occasional reader of your magazine, I happened to pick
up the issue regarding Sept. 11. Please know that reading your
editorial on page 3 (Without A Compass, From the
Editor) prompted an immediate mailing of a new subscription
request. Not only is the content of WPR superb, but I
believe I can trust an editor with the depth of feeling and
insight conveyed in your
Tim Baker, Washington, D.C.
WPRs November issue may well be, for me and I hope
for others, the most important bit of reading in a very long
time. At the same time I am fearful of the entire country being
caught up in this hunt for Bin Ladenlosing
any sight of how we arrived at this hell. Our hurt and our anger
is blinding us to several important historical facts, not to
mention some of the attitudes toward Americans and our government.
These are realities with which we must deal. Thanks to your
entire organization for what you do.
Jim Kennedy, Greensboro, North Carolina
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