The Story of a Story: In the Shadow of No Towers
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The central argument proposed in this chapter is that the Artie of No Towers feels he must stay true to his memories of September 11, 2001, because they provide a profound glimpse into the powerful irrational forces that underpin a superficially rational society. The Artie who appears in No Towers remains unhealed from his trauma despite the collective act of healing that appears to occur around him and, as such, is cast as a marginalised mad (and even wild) man. It is from this peripheral position that he launches visual and verbal attacks upon the rhetoric of the centre and seeks to expose the madness that mainstream media sought to rationalise. Artie’s apparent insanity is an appropriate response to his circumstances because he detects a fundamental continuity between contemporary and historical atrocities: a line is drawn between the attacks and their aftermath back to the Holocaust and on toward the systemic madness latent at the core of Enlightenment rationality.