Michael Tomasky

  • Second Thoughts

    Last fall, as the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks neared, the New York Times did something that I confess I would have thought it impossible for the newspaper of record in the city of Ground Zero to do for a few years yet: It ran a piece on its front page suggesting that we may have been overcommemorating the foul event. “I may sound callous, but doesn’t grieving have a shelf life?” Charlene Correia, a nursing supervisor from Acushnet, Massachusetts, admitted to correspondent N. R. Kleinfield, who used her words as the first (and thus emblematic) quote of the article. “We’re very