World Trade Center Reconstruction — Still Interesting, But Huh??

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Just when we thought the tragedy-mongering of World Trade Center coverage (not that we’re at all innocent of related career-leverage ourselves) was finally winding down, Esquire is jumping on the bandwagon, pledging to devote two major articles and lots of pictures to the next five years of reconstruction. Apparently even Silverstein’s people are on board, and the magazine is going to have behind-the-scenes access to the inner workings of all the things we’ve tried to figure out what the inner workings even were. David Granger, the editor, said said “the magazine would have access to all sorts of behind-the-scenes goings-on, and that there was no quid pro quo for such access.” The Times, ever one for hilarity, points out that while “magazine journalism is replete with reconstructions of important developments after the fact,” it’s an interesting match.

But there are fewer examples of long-term contemporaneous writing about works in progress, unless one counts Esquire’s current series: the revealing over six months of the identity of a mystery woman, one body part at a time.

Oh no they didn’t. They went there.