The September 11 tragedy casts its ashen shadow on all aspects of life. Literature, the human companion from hoary antiquity, is not excluded at this time either. Many times, in front of the TV, the PC or reading a newspaper, I asked myself, is story writing relevant anymore in these times of national grief?

I answered myself that to abandon writing would be to give the terrorists what they want -- disruption of normal life. I answered myself that to abandon writing would deprive people of an emotional outlet. I answered myself that to abandon writing would deprive me of an emotional outlet.

So, life goes on. The writers will be writing, the readers will be reading. And the terrorists? They will be running for their lives and have no reprieve, no comfort, no peace and no future.

Copyright © 2001 Mark Budman

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