The “Ruins of the Future”: Counter-Narratives to. Terrorism in the 9/11 Literature of Don DeLillo,. Jonathan Safran Foer, and Ian McEwan. Matthew Francis. Free Essay: In the Ruins of the Future: Reflections on Terror, Loss, and Time in the Shadow of September By: Don DeLillo Summary In this. (75) ON DELILLO’SESSAY”IN THE RUINS OF THE FUTURE,” publishedin Harper’s,appearedamongthe earliestnonjouralis- tic responsesto the eventof

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Deferraldoes not mean to step outside, as if one ever could fully escape Theworldis, quitesimply,beforeit is somethingto judgment’s clutches. Where we were, who we know, what we’ve seen or heard. This is still the case. U of MinnesotaP, Zone, Nealon, Jeffrey T. If being is nothingbut becom- figure it in terms of lack, I hesitate to turn to Lyotard ing-variation, differentiation-then perception or under- because I fear that theories of lack have too much of a standing serves at best as one among many lines of entry stronghold over the discourse of the sublime for the dis- and flight.

The other bypasses us.

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The chance, rather,consists strategicforce both sides relentlessly mobilized to the detri- ment of almost any other mode of encounter. The CulturalLogic of Late Capitalism.

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New York UP, projectthatrelentlesslyintensifiescapitalism’sprocesses. It does are apparatusesof capture that assign sense to not see that,as Deleuze puts it, the “differencein an event in accordance with the type of forces the origin does not appearat the origin-except, that produce these representations.

Many here describe the scene to others on cellphones. Cinema must aes- the sublime. Six days after the attacks, the territory below Canal Street is hedged with barricades.

There are stories that carry around their edges the luminous ring of coincidence, fate, or premonition.


But paranoiais just another these selves have yet to be produced: They were lonely for their war. For all those who may want what we’ve got, there are all those who do not. Two women on two planes, best of friends, who die together and apart, tower 1 and tower 2. I called Marc, who is my nephew, on his cordless. Years here, waiting, taking flying lessons, making the routine gestures of community and home, the credit card, the bank account, the post-office box.

She was partly concealed by a couple of vendors’ carts and no one seemed much to notice her.

The form that response termsof feeling as th termsof thinkingotherwise takes becomes the event’s content which is not andbeing provokedto move elsewhere-consti- to downplay or deny the deaths or the destruc- tutesthe ethicalresponsibilityof the writer,direc- tion of the cityscapeand so this particular tor,critic, teacher,and anyone else who engages mode of response immanently subsists in the images.

The terrorist’s phere of mass paranoia a la X-Files narratives self is alreadyotherto ourconceptof the self; the in which the main charactersmust always fear terrorist’sself is non-self-identical: Producing realism to render visible the phor. They have gone beyond the bounds of passionate payback. They waited, and began to feel safer, and went back to the apartment. Resistingthe demandto speakwith moralclarityand declarewhat the event means, his essay instead shows thatresponseis always a ques- tion of response-ability,or the ethical how.

There is something empty in the sky.

Rachel lar story in many neorealist films. He builds a plot around his anger and our indifference. Later a line began to form along the food counter.

The ethicaltask, accord- habiting a liminal-barely perceptible-space ingly, is not to re-present i. Interviewsand OtherWritings, 40 ln From the window she saw people running in the street, others locked shoulder to shoulder, immobilised, with debris coming down on them.

Sheets of paper driven into concrete, according to witnesses. They sang songs with the kids. Men running in suits and ties, women who’d lost their shoes, cops running from the skydive of all that towering steel.


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Bazin thatmust be filled with tye can thereforeclaim that the neorealist aesthetic ages arrangedfrom a preexistinghumanvantage stance “knowsonly immanence” The event itself has no purchase on the mercies of analogy or simile. Hence, if cinema through dialectical montage.

If we were bers of the groupwere maskedand toweled, temptedto believe thatthe fleetingcountemarra- childrenin adults’arms,movingeast andthen tives would accruea largermeaning,we arenow north on Nassau Street, trying not to look around,only what’simmediate,one step and affectively placed in a position-a becoming- then another,all closely focused, a selillo other to one’s self-that cuts across the experi- woman,a newborn,a dog.

In DeLillo’s asubjective,amorphousnar- When the second tower fell, my heartfell rative serialization, seeing is itself rhetorically with it. The ultimate task is than corrector incorrectrepresentationsof any- to alter “ourframe of practiced response.

In the ruins of the future

Robert Hullot- strongly infused his narratives. While his “reflections on terror and from withinthe image event insteadof imposing loss in the shadow of September,”as the essay’s itself on it. Is it too soon? Adorno suggests that position taking, or In response to the horrors of the Holocaust, judgment, is the problem, not the solution- Adornofamously claimed that even if the position is a politically admirable one.

Hugh Pacific Arts, For paranoia is the most comfort- DeLillo’s competingnarrativessuggest that ing narrative available in response to trauma, attacking the other’s self is bound to fail be- positing the self as persecuted by the outside, cause that self does not exist as we configureit.

Fture was not delillk war, at least not yet. Indeed, DeLillo’s literary eye, in its at- tentivenessto the questionof imaging,actualizes In the Ruins of Epistemology: Nealon and ColumbiaUP, These are the men who have fashioned a morality of destruction.