Via the Albany Project, I'm actually a little taken by Rep. Nan Hayworth's message on the 9/11 anniversary. (She's a freshman who represents some of the suburbs north of New York City.) This comes off like a one-talk, oh-whatever affair, an expression of the old "9/12 Project" attitude that Americans had a chance, post-9/11, to abandon their detachment and decadence.
"I remember watching a film," she says, "actually, the night before the attacks, called American Beauty. And that film takes a rather dismal view of American character. And, strange coincidence indeed, that the very next morning, that we discover, in the most brutal possibly way, that we had reached a crossroads in our history."
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.