1. How have you been spending your days?
For the first few days after the attacks, my girlfriend and I holed ourselves
up in her apartment near Union Square and watched the news nonstop. After
a while, we both felt like Axl Rose in the video for "Welcome to the Jungle",
so we decided to turn off the news and rent stupid movies for cheap laughs.
Still, we had seen the towers burning that morning from the corner of
14th and 6th, and that image was permanently etched in our minds and constantly
on the tip of our thoughts. The horror of the collapses, the 24-hour news
coverage, the makeshift memorial at Union Square and the constantly rising
toll of missing persons were all too much too take and I became mentally
exhuasted. I've debated and discussed terrorism, war and politics more
than my brain would like me to, so I've decided to get back to normal
as best I could, i.e. drinking excessively and making mix cd's for friends.
2. Have you been exercising and doing yoga, or drinking
The apocalypse would surely be upon us if I were ever to attend a yoga
3. What books, music, or videos have helped you escape the bitter reality
of the news?
I picked up two books to help get my mind off of things: "Never Mind Nirvana"
by Mark Lindquist and "How to Be Good" by Nick Hornby. As far as music
goes, I've been trying to listen to music that does not remind me of the
events. For example, Live's "Mental Jewelry" and it's Gulf War references
is not currently in my rotation. Here's what's been currently spinning
on my headphones: Lenola-- Treat Me to Some Life Sloan-- One Chord to
Another Built to Spill-- There's Nothing Wrong WIth Love Afghan Whigs--
1965 "Pink Houses" (unplugged)-- John Cougar Mellencamp (sorry, it just
makes me feel better)
4. What should readers do to have fun in the upcoming days?
Get together with your friends; it reminds you that life is still good
and there's a lot of love to go around. There's also a ton of great shows
coming up, so try and catch a band or two. I saw Built to Spill last night
at Irving Plaza and they closed with the greatest cover of "Freebird"
I've ever heard. For the ten or so minutes they were playing it, I completely
forgot any of the tragedies that had occured. Probably because I was in
total shock that they were actually playing "Freebird".
5. Recommend a tourist attraction, gallery, museum, park, music show,
or whatever else you know about going on in New York City.
Music Marathon and Film Festival has been rescheduled for October 10-13.
If you can get a pass, I'd recommend going. Northsix has some good shows
coming up, too. Other than that, bring a good book to Tompkins Square
Park, stop reading around 6pm and then head over to Cherry Tavern for
a few $4 Specials. I'll be waiting for you at the pool table.