Inhuman Swill : September 2001

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Fast Company presents a modest proposal from Dan Pink, author of Free Agent Nation. I got to help.

Ebert on "Zoolander"

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From Ebert's movie review today:

"Responding quickly to the tragedy of Sept. 11, the makers of Zoolander did some last-minute editing. No, they didn't dub over the word 'Malaysia' or edit around the assassination of the prime minister. What they did was digitally erase the World Trade Center from the New York skyline, so that audiences would not be reminded of the tragedy, as if we have forgotten. It's a good thing no scenes were shot in Kuala Lumpur, or they probably would have erased the Petronas Towers, to keep us from getting depressed or jealous or anything."

The infamous Mormon from the New Orleans cast of The Real World was nearly on the highjacked flights from Boston. Details in a Canadian Press story in the Calgary Herald.


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Survivor registries

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Kevin Elliott of has written a penetrating analysis of the WTC survivor registry phenomenon, which I seem to have helped kick off:

I hope you'll forgive me if I also point out a very kind interview at

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Check-in list redux

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My check-in list got a little out of control today. It brought my web hosting service to its knees. I finally had to knuckle under and turn it off.

It's been a surreal day. I've been interviewed by reporters from the New York Times to People magazine. The emails keep pouring in, telling me what a wonderful thing my list was, how it brought them some comfort.

And still I didn't accomplish anything useful today. I worked on the list obsessively so I wouldn't have to deal with my own feelings of grief and terror. They're welling up now, and I'm going to have to deal with them somehow.

Automated check-in

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I've created a form you can use to add your name to the list of people in NYC and other cities that are okay, at The previous link I posted now redirects to this page.

I figured doing updates by hand might overwhelm me.

Check in, New Yorkers

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I've posted a check-in page at

If you're in New York and alive, write to me at and I'll post your name.

Stuyvesant High School

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Firefighters say there's a bomb in Stuyvesant High School in Battery Park City. They're redoubling the evacuation there now.


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I sent out email to a long list of people letting them know Laura and I are okay and asking them to check in if they live in the area. Getting a lot of responses, and we're sharing lists of those safe. Thank God for the internet.

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