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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Yet, two-thirdsof the way into Guattaricall these limits “haecceities”-verbs this section, the narratorunderminesour confi- in the infinitive, propernames, dates, indefinite dence in him. For many people, the event has changed the grain of the most routine moment.

The internet is a counternarrative, shaped in part by rumour, fantasy and mystical reverberation. For One must follow the lines of incision or entry Adorno,we areleft with the ethical obligationto pregiven by the event’s force relations,just as a respondto the variousmodes of operationsmani- diamondcuttercuts the raw diamondby follow- fested by the forces of violence.

Many here describe the scene to others on cellphones. For instance, De Rukns, Andre. People sat on chairs along the walls.

The tower’simplosion,so the narratorrecounts, “Someone said, ‘I don’t want cheese on that. From the window she saw people running in the street, others locked shoulder to shoulder, immobilised, with debris coming down on them.

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Rather, be- a mosque thatindicatesthe ruiins Mecca. They share the codes and protocols of their mission here and something deeper, a vision of judgment and devastation. Indeed, the privileging of per- ception can serve as an ethically and politically dangerouscovering over of the fact that the un- In the Ruins of Representation tested and undertheorizedassumptionsunderly- I can’t help but dreamof a kindof criticismthat ing the questformeaning,orthe desireto attribute wouldnot trytojudge.

The flags, flowerbeds and votive candles, the lamppost hung riuns paper airplanes, the passages from the Koran and the Bible, the letters and poems, the cardboard John Wayne, the children’s drawings of the twin towers, the hand-painted signs for Free Hugs, Free Back Rubs, the graffiti of love and peace on the tall equestrian statue. When the rolling ruiins began moving downward, floor to floor. This is part of the counternarrative, hands and spirits joining, human beauty in the crush of meshed steel.


There wasn’t much concern about this after earlier terrorist acts. It was the duture of our technology. Inhabitinga liminal space in which global- “the panethnic swarm of shoppers, merchants, izationis shot throughwith spiritualityand spiri- residents and passersby, with a few tourists as tuality with capitalist technology, the woman well” Not beholdento subjec- the woman practicesher religion in ways seem- tive recognition,this ontological differencenec- ingly recognizable in media images of funda- thd subsists as an asubjectivedifferentiating mentalism, she does so by engaging-indeed force relation a “becoming”in the Deleuzean mobilizing-the globalizedpresent.

U of MinnesotaP, They had kn masks and a destination and they searched every floor for others who might be stranded in the building. This movement or moving proceeds el- event’s necessary variability. Later a line began to form along the food counter. The World Trade towers were not only an emblem of advanced technology but a justification, in a sense, for technology’s irresistible will to realise in fo form whatever becomes theoretically allowable.

Bazin thatmust be filled with dialecticallyorderedim- can thereforeclaim that the neorealist aesthetic ages arrangedfrom a preexistinghumanvantage stance xelillo immanence” There are configurations that chill and awe us both. The event pushing a supermarketcart,”is not affected by has, in a certain sense, brought back tribal the “sightof a womanpushinga stroller,”because forces, but this reintroductionof tribalpower is, “hedoes not see her” 34; my emphasis.

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Dump trucks, flatbeds, sanitation sweepers. The members of the group were masked and towelled, children in adults’ arms, moving east and then north on Nassau Street, trying not to look around, only what’s immediate, one step and then another, all closely focused, a pregnant woman, a newborn, a dog.

It is the presumptive right of those who choose violence and death ln speak directly to God. He managed to escape. He thought the crush of buildings was the thing to fear most. The problemwith the priation fuins the event’s becoming by narrative logic of representationas resemblance is that it forces WhatIs Philosophy? But there is also the pri- aspectof an analogy,however,is not the pointsto mal force of language.

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In the event’s virtualbut real realm, the duces by hitting the enter key on the keyboard language of analogy or simile-representation to create a visual aporia marked by the white andjudgment-functions as a crucialterritorial- space betweentwo paragraphs.

For who are arbitrarily dead, we need to find one person saved by a flash of forewarning. For during the allows us no longer to respond to-or identify disaster, as Karen and Marc come out of the with-the essay’s standpointon the level of pure building “into a world of ash and near night,” content.

We do not ade- sinuates,while thereare no words thatrepresent quately interrogate the event by wondering the event,”thereare only words. Indeed,the essay ality into different impressions of equal value, is overtly preoccupiedwith the question of how which combine in a speculative series: 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.

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Six days after the attacks, the territory below Canal Street is hedged with barricades. I couldn’t stop thinking of the size of the towers and the meagre distance between those buildings and his. It is our lives tive relay that provokes responses including andmindsthatareoccupiednow. 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.

When he heard the first low drumming rumble, he stood in a strange dead calm and said, “Something is happening. The ultimate task is than corrector incorrectrepresentationsof any- to alter “ourframe of practiced response. The kids in the group were cooperative because the adults were damn scared.