After The Bombs, Pop-Up Landmarks Of Consolation And Solidarity | Cognoscenti

After The Bombs, Pop-Up Landmarks Of Consolation And Solidarity | Cognoscenti.

 

A reflective post about “pop-up” memorials– which we’ll be talking about in class soon.

 

“Pop-up memorials owe their meaning and their random beauty to the efforts of a community of neighbors — and strangers. They express the emotional connection and commitment that comes with being a citizen — of Boston, the USA, the human race. They affirm the consolation of solidarity. All are welcome.?

 

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Boston and Its Losses: The Marathon Explosions : The New Yorker

Boston and Its Losses: The Marathon Explosions : The New Yorker.

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Connecting past and present– the brilliant Jill Lepore in the New Yorker’s online edition.  She is a professor of history at Harvard, and in this piece connects the marathon bombings with Patriot Day in Boston and its wider meanings,  connecting Lexington and Concord, the ride of Paul Revere, even the Civil War.

 

“I didn’t go into town to watch the Marathon this year. I stayed home to prepare for class. I heard about the bombs while walking to a drug store to buy pens. I was crossing Massachusetts Avenue when the news burst onto my phone—frantic texts about explosions. Head down, heart sinking, I nearly ran into a towering figure in black: a reënactor, Paul Revere on a speckled horse. He was riding to Lexington, a ride forlorn.”