by Patrick Appel

Bryan Appleyard ponders 9/11 art:

In 2002, Steven Spielberg told me he thought it would be years before the great 9/11 film was made; and Salman Rushdie recently pointed out that it was almost 60 years before the definitive work about Napoleon’s disastrous invasion of Russia appeared — Tolstoy’s War and Peace. The novel was inaccurate, faintly mad and riddled with the author’s questionable theories of history, but it was more true than anything written before or since. “Often,” Rushdie said, “I think these great events have to rot down. Maybe another generation has to look at it.”