The routine of atrocity

This post was written by Friday blogger Annie Reid.

Author Jonathan Raban perfectly evokes that peculiar post 9-11 condition of waking up with an undefined anxiety and stumbling to the radio or the computer to see what terrible things might have happened while you slept:

This is how mornings begin now, with the vague, routine apprehension of atrocity that almost never happens, but happens frequently enough to justify the hand’s habitual excursion across the bedside table. Pacific Standard Time is partly to blame; the worst things tend to take place while the west coast is sleeping. Baghdad, Cairo, Rome, Madrid, London, have survived the conventional hours of atrocity by 5am PST; New York is about to enter them.


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