Capturing the Moment, Again 

I imagine that a decade ago, the writers and editors of this paper found themselves in a similar position: staring down a vast white space hoping that eventually words emerge that delicately and powerfully capture the profundity of what has passed.

Ten years ago, columnists Bill Cope and Ted Rall and then-editor Bingo Barnes faced the challenge of writing about Sept. 11, 2001, immediately in the wake of that day's events. Now a decade later, Cope and Rall have both taken the opportunity to once again put into words what has passed, though this time what has passed is a decade-long manhunt, two wars and--at least in Rall's view--very little lesson learning. The latter is a sentiment shared by the writer of this week's main feature by Tom Hayden. Yes, 9/11 has become one of those touchstone events--everyone knows where they were when they saw the planes hit the towers. We haven't forgotten those memories, just as we haven't forgotten our promise not to forget in the larger sense. But not forgetting isn't the same as learning from. Have we learned anything as Americans? I don't have that answer, but as the pieces in this week's issue suggest, the healing we've done finally allows us to ask--and perhaps answer--that very question.

On a lighter note, starting this week, Screen will focus on the Toronto International Film Festival. News Editor and film reviewer George Prentice heads north again this year for a preview of the coming year in cinema. Last year at TIFF, Prentice caught previews of just about every decent film that has played during the last year. In addition to the Screen section in BW over the next few weeks, you can also follow the news with daily updates from Prentice on Cobweb at

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