September 7, 2011, 11:06 am
It started last week. Those beginning tributes to 9/11 on the news. The oral histories of people who were there or who had lost someone in the attacks. Then they started broadcasting the accounts of those who weren’t there, but were nearby. Then the accounts of those who were nowhere near the World Trade Center, but remember where they were that day and what they were doing. The minutiae of memories being collected and told and retold over and over again.
At first it was moving. After all, I too am a New Yorker (even if my day job is in Vermont). I too had a relationship to those buildings and those people, some of whom were friends. But the day in, day out remembrances starting two weeks before the actual anniversay added up and suddenly powerful story telling became as overplayed and over done as Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” ”Rolling in the Deep” is also powerful story telling…