The Real Heroes Are Dead – The New Yorker – James B. Stewart – February 2002
“I’ve tried to tell Susan this, in a way, but she’s not ready yet for the truth. In the next weeks or months, I’ll get her down here, and we’ll take a walk along the ocean, and I’ll explain these things. You see, for Rick Rescorla, this was a natural death. People like Rick, they don’t die old men. They aren’t destined for that and it isn’t right for them to do so. It just isn’t right, by God, for them to become feeble, old, and helpless sons of bitches. There are certain men born in this world, and they’re supposed to die setting an example for the rest of the weak bastards we’re surrounded with.”
A Betrayal – ProPublica – Hannah Dreier – April 2018
A Pale Blue Dot – Carl Sagan – October 1994
Who Was the Falling Man? – Esquire – Tom Junod – September 2016
But the only certainty we have is the certainty we had at the start: At fifteen seconds after 9:41 a.m., on September 11, 2001, a photographer named Richard Drew took a picture of a man falling through the sky—falling through time as well as through space. The picture went all around the world, and then disappeared, as if we willed it away. One of the most famous photographs in human history became an unmarked grave, and the man buried inside its frame—the Falling Man—became the Unknown Soldier in a war whose end we have not yet seen. Richard Drew’s photograph is all we know of him, and yet all we know of him becomes a measure of what we know of ourselves. The picture is his cenotaph, and like the monuments dedicated to the memory of unknown soldiers everywhere, it asks that we look at it, and make one simple acknowledgment.
That we have known who the Falling Man is all along.
Split Image – ESPN – Kate Fagan – May 2015
The Lonely Death of George Bell – New York Times – N. R. Kleinfield – October 2015
Questions for Me About Dying – The New Yorker – Cory Taylor – July 2017
A Tragedy in Yemen, Made in America – New York Times – Jeffery Stern – December 2018
The Photochemistry of the Future** – Science – Giacomo Ciamician – September 1912
On the arid lands there will spring up industrial colonies without smoke and
without smokestacks; forests of glass tubes will extend over the plains and glass
buildings will rise everywhere; inside of these will take place the photochemical
processes that hitherto have been the guarded secret of the plants, but that will
have been mastered by human industry which will know how to make them bear
even more abundant fruit than nature, for nature is not in a hurry and mankind is.
And if in a distant future the supply of coal becomes completely exhausted,
civilization will not be checked by that, for life and civilization will continue as
long as the sun shines! If our black and nervous civilization, based on coal, shall
be followed by a quieter civilization based on the utilization of solar energy, that
will not be harmful to progress and to human happiness.
The photochemistry of the future should not however be postponed to such
distant times; I believe that industry will do well in using from this very day all
the energies that nature puts at its disposal. So far, human civilization has made
use almost exclusively of fossil solar energy. Would it not be advantageous to
make better use of radiant energy?
** this one is unlike the rest in that it’s a journal article and may be behind a paywall – here is a PDF link